The Mother and the Whore (1973)
The Mother and the Whore (1973)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Mother and the Whore

Jean Eustache | France | 1973 | Unclassified (15+)
Film

When

Wed 10 Jul 2024

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Described by Jonathan Rosenbaum as “a searing masterpiece that… makes us care deeply about what we’ve lost”, Eustache’s profoundly post-nouvelle vague drama focuses on three twenty-something Parisians in a bizarre love triangle. Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is a seemingly unemployed narcissist involved with both a live-in girlfriend, Marie (Bernadette Lafont), and a Polish nurse (Françoise Lebrun) with whom he begins an aimless affair. Less concerned with plot than the confused and ambivalent interrelations of these lost souls, Eustache’s opus is one of the most profound cinematic statements on the malaise that followed the failed revolution of May 1968.

Format: 4K DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Les Films du Losange
Runtime: 220 mins

Event duration

220 mins

Rating

Unclassified (15+)

Where

Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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