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CINECITY: The Mother and the Whore (dir: Jean Eustache) - presented by Open Colour

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

France, 1973

New restoration from Janus Films

After the French New Wave, the sexual revolution, and May ’68 came The Mother and the Whore, the legendary, autobiographical magnum opus by Jean Eustache that captured a disillusioned generation navigating the post-idealism 1970s within the microcosm of a ménage à trois. The aimless, clueless, Parisian pseudo-intellectual Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Léaud) lives with his tempestuous older girlfriend, Marie (Bernadette Lafont), and begins a dalliance with the younger, sexually liberated Veronika (Françoise Lebrun, Eustache’s own former lover), leading to a volatile open relationship marked by everyday emotional violence and subtle but catastrophic shifts in power dynamics. Transmitting his own sex life to the screen with a startling immediacy, Eustache achieves an intimacy so deep it cuts.

French with English subtitles

Introduced by film curator and lecturer Martine Pierquin

Dates & Times

  • Sunday 12 November, 2023
    3:00pm

Tickets

  • Adults
    £5
  • Concessions
    £3
Duration 219 min
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​CINECITY: The Mother and the Whore (dir: Jean Eustache) - presented by Open Colour
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