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The Mother and the Whore (1973)

France 219m, B&W
Director: Jean Eustache; Cast: Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Françoise Lebrun, Isabelle Weingarten

motherandwhoreLa Maman et la Putain is the story of a young unemployed self-absorbed pseudo-intellectual living in Paris who hopelessly tries to win back the woman he loves, all the while living with another woman and simultaneously pursuing a sexual relationship with a third. Seemingly obsessed with finding love, Alexandre, incessantly relates his exaggerated wealth of experiences whilst comparing them to slivers of philosophy and art cinema that he has admired. A black and white, dialogue-heavy film with largely static camera work, The Mother and the Whore might be written off as seemingly pretentious art film, if it were not for its originality and influence and surprisingly witty monologues and absurdly French situations. Unfortunately, even these wear thin by about the mid-point of this marathon length exploration of the sexual politics (Klaus Ming July 2015).

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