The Mother and the Whore

Synopsis

Jean Eustache’s biggest claim to fame—or, in some circles, notoriety—is this endlessly captivating, dialogue-driven, lightly autobiographical masterpiece. Jean-Pierre Léaud perfectly embodies Alexandre, a hangdog romantic who eventually becomes involved in a three-way affair with two women, played by Bernadette Lafont and Françoise Lebrun. A blistering yet humane portrait of post–May ’68 waywardness and sexual discontent, The Mother and the Whore is a caustically funny and intellectually rich film that generates partisans whenever it screens. Filmmaker Philippe Garrel wrote, “Jean Eustache is a genius. The Mother and the Whore is the Rules of the Game of our generation.”

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Showtimes

LOS ANGELES - October 11 at 8:15pm - Directors Guild of America Theater

NEW YORK - October 5-6 - Lincoln Center - Walter Reade Theater - Howard Gilman Theater (Q&As with Charles Gillibert and Françoise Lebrun on Oct. 5)

 

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