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THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE

Director: Jean Eustache

215 minutes| France| 1973| Subtitled| Black and White| 35mm


Jean Eustache’s 1973 epic about the lives and loves of a trio of Parisian outsiders is a movie that breaks down the barriers between audiences and on-screen characters like no other; by the end you quite literally feel as if you’ve lived alongside Eustache’s vulnerable trio of lovers. Jean-Pierre Leaud is the man in the middle, a feckless intellectual who does very little except pontificate in cafes and flit between two women – brilliantly played by Bernadette Lafont as the maternal older woman and Françoise Lebrun as a nurse who keeps loneliness at bay through drink and casual sex.With thanks to the Embassy of France in Ireland and Culturesfrance.

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