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The Mother and the Whore

La Maman et la Putain
Director: Jean Eustache

France, Fiction, 1973, 209 min, french with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-16

This autobiographical film of Jean Eustache (who ended his life in 1981) is also a portrait of a whole generation. From the utopia of the 60's to the soberness of the 70's, this film examines the great questions of its time: sex, politics, philosophy, art - by following a group of 20-year-olds in their everyday life. The film won the Cannes jury award and is considered to be one of the most important films in the history of French and also it is the most impressive part of  actor’s Jean-Pierre Leaud career.

Awards:

1973 – Interfilm Award – Recommendation in the Forum of New Cinema section at the International Berlin Film Festival (Germany).
1973 – FIPRESCI Prize and Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival (France).

About the director:

Filmmaker, screenwriter Jean Eustache had a brief but important career in French cinema. His best-known film was 1973’s “Mother and the Whore”, an intense character study credited for marking a new phase in French filmmaking. He got his start as a director assisting such New Wave filmmakers as Jean-Luc Godard during the 60's. In the late 60's, he launched his own directorial career with two features. While they garnered some acclaim, it was not until “Mother and the Whore” (La Maman et la Putain), his third feature, that the full depth of his talent and sensitivity was recognized. Through the 70's, Eustache made several films for television and then made one last feature in 1975, “My Little Love” (Mes Petites Amoureuses).
 

Section: Post New Wave: Tribute to Cahiers du Cinema

Screenplay: Jean Eustache

Dir. of Photography: Pierre Lhomme

Cast: Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Françoise Lebrun