La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore)
La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore) (1973)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 13, 1999
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92%


Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

Maddening and brilliant, confessional and slyly evasive, insistently perverse and blissfully naive.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A classic that remains as burningly alive and shocking today as it was in 1973.

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Empire Magazine

Only towards the end does the running time weigh heavy, but by then you're hooked enough to care what happens.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

The Mother and the Whore is a harrowing psychodrama of destruction.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Jean Eustache's monumental The Mother and the Whore... stands the test of time magnificently.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

A sprawling study of sexual politics and smug 1960s intellectualism, Jean Eustache's masterpiece was the last hurrah of the French New Wave.

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Amy Taubin
Village Voice

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.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Broome
"The Mother and the Whore" is a black-and-white, French-language film which lasts over three and a half hours and consists of nothing but intimate,… More
Dimitris Springer
A humongous effort,this 4-hour epic,unsettling,long dialogue is one of the finest pieces of post-nouvelle vague in the history of world cinema.I hate the main… More