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Aro Recommended La Maman Et La Putain (the Mother and the Whore)


France 1974, 215 minutes, B/W
Dir. Jean Eustache
In French with English subtitles
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / Epic

Topics: Nouvelle Vague.


Aroview: At just over three and a half hours, this domestic chamber drama - probably the last great film of the French New Wave - is not for the light hearted, but those with an appetite for close character interaction filmed in big chunks of real time will find this a rich dish indeed - both the story of a dense, flawed menage-a-trois, and a meditation on the lost hopes of the French left wing after May 1968.

NZ International Film Festival 2002

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