THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE – Review by Diane Carson

The Mother and the Whore (1973) indulges a French ménage-à-trois. French New Wave writer/director Jean Eustache grabbed attention in 1973 with The Mother and the Whore which won the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix. Largely autobiographical, Eustache focuses on three individuals, all friends he enlisted for a candid, explicit foregrounding of sexual relationships: Jean-Pierre Léaud as Alexandre, Françoise Lebrun as Veronika, and Bernadette Lafont as Marie.

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