La Collectionneuse: The Mother and the Whore

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office
Print courtesy of Institut Français and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

With Jim Smith from The Smell DJ-ing post-show, plus a photo booth on the patio!

A rambling snapshot of the disillusioned new generation in 1973 Paris, Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore is a jewel of French ’70s cinema. Eustache—whose free-form, expressive realism and fiercely independent spirit has inspired greats from Jim Jarmusch to Claire Denis—has been called an “ethnographer of his own reality,” a dandyish neo-Lumiére whose candid representation of a ménage à trois is as lifelike as it gets, featuring Bernadette Lafont and Jean-Pierre Leaud stretching their New Wave caricatures to flamboyant heights, undercut with stark frankness.

Come watch these stylish children of the countercultural revolution drunkenly trample one-another’s egos, staging their battles of the heart on a mattress without a frame and cheating on each other in the same room in this epic anti-Valentine.

Dir Jean Eustache, 1973, 35mm, 219 min.

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