La Maman Et La Putain (The Mother and the Whore) - English subtitled

A rarely screened classic regarded as the last great film of the nouvelle vague, about a narcissistic idler caught up in a love triangle.

Time & Tickets

Nouvelle vague icon Jean-Pierre Léaud finds himself at the centre of the film’s titular Freudian sexual dilemma, as well as a powerful discourse on the gender politics of the sexual revolution, in Jean Eustache‘s autobiographical tale of an idle, verbose young man and his two lovers – the woman he lives with, and the one he cheats on her with. That simple story, told in minute detail, of a love triangle and the repercussions it unleashes caused a scandal when it won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. Yet the film, a veritable time capsule of post-‘68 sexual mores and philosophies, has been deemed a masterpiece by critics the world over.

For years, it has been next to impossible to see this film at all, let alone on a decent print. Fortunately, the film has been restored and remastered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its original release.

Jean Eustache, France, 1973, 217 min. French spoken, English subtitles. With Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Françoise Lebrun, Isabelle Weingarten, Jacques Renard..