La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore)
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La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore)
In this intense character study, irresponsible Parisian Leaud decides that he desperately needs a wife and so leaves his lover to propose to his ex-girlfriend. His self-absorbed pseudo-intellectual ramblings turn her off, and she turns him down. He meets a nurse who later involves herself with Leaud and his lover.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Maddening and brilliant, confessional and slyly evasive, insistently perverse and blissfully naive."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"A classic that remains as burningly alive and shocking today as it was in 1973."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Only towards the end does the running time weigh heavy, but by then you're hooked enough to care what happens."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Léaud blasts off into entirely new galaxies of rationalization and bravado, most of it debating the presumption that the "typical male's" fantasies involve either a mother or a whore."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The Mother and the Whore is a great film. It's great in the disdainful purity of its technique, in the performances of its three leads, and above all in giving a definitive view of the '70s."
‑ Chris Fujiwara, Boston Phoenix
"The Mother and the Whore is a harrowing psychodrama of destruction."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Jean Eustache's monumental The Mother and the Whore... stands the test of time magnificently."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A sprawling study of sexual politics and smug 1960s intellectualism, Jean Eustache's masterpiece was the last hurrah of the French New Wave."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Comes close to capturing the pacing of life itself, where great changes happen at great length."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Jean Eustache's The Mother and the Whore is a bracing, difficult work, unflinching in its ambivalent depiction of the emotional maelstroms of sex."
‑ Gary Mairs, culturevulture.net
"Three and a half hours long, The Mother and the Whoreis both epic and intimate, ethnographic in its cultural detail and subjective in its exposure of the raw nerves of body and psyche."
‑ Amy Taubin, Village Voice
"The film's brilliance lies in its reluctance to pass judgment on its characters, put them through some sort of arbitrary plot, or make them hit their marks."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"If any film signified that the French New Wave had come to an end, it was The Mother and the Whore, a grueling three-and-a-halfhour study that may be one of the more enlightening works the cinema has ever produced."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Rewarding if you're prepared to take the time."
‑ , Film4
"The film is a most revealing study of how women look at men, especially men who think they are real smoothies."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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