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The Mother and the Whore

(La maman et la putain)

BAMPFA Collection

featuring

Jean-Pierre Léaud, Bernadette Lafont, Françoise Lebrun, Isabelle Weingarten,

A mammoth account of three castaways from the sixties and the sexual revolution. Jean-Pierre Léaud is at the center of the maelstrom for nearly the entire three and a half hours as a narcissistic, perpetually unattached cafe denizen who waffles between two women—the girlfriend with whom he lives (Bernadette Lafont) and a promiscuous nurse he brings home (Françoise Lebrun). The film makes an important statement on sexism even while it implicates itself in all the questions and condemnations that this evokes. This is a film about language, and about sex as a language. The talk is raw, the film frequently funny, always sad, sometimes enchanting, thoroughly disenchanted.

Judy Bloch
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Jean Eustache
Cinematographer
  • Pierre Lhomme
  • Jacques Rénard
  • Michel Cinet
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 215 mins
Source
  • BAMPFA
Permission
  • Boris Eustache