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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ALIEN CRYSTAL PALACE – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

The film is, to put it mildly, more of a sensory experience than an exercise in character development and complex plot mechanics; to explain the story feels like trying to describe the narrative logic of a lava lamp. A haptic celebration of camp, Alien Crystal Palace loosely follows a deranged scientist obsessed with bringing into the world a new kind of perfect being, marked by its defining androgyny.

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