Quick review: mother and bitch

mother and bitch

France: 1973
Original title:-
Directed by: Jan Eustache
Screenplay: Jan Eustache
Performers: Jean-Paul Lloyd, Bernadette Lafont, Françoise Lebrun
Arrangement: Le Films de Losange
Duration: 3h40
Series Category: Drama, Romance
Release date: May 17, 1973
Release date: June 8, 2022

Summary : Alexander, an unemployed young man, lives with (and on hooks) Mary, a shopkeeper much larger than him. He still loves Gilbert, a student who declines his proposal to marry her in the form of penance. As she was leaving the balcony, he approached Veronica, Link’s intern. “I let myself be so easily approached, as I saw (…) I could sleep with anyone, it doesn’t matter. Mary agrees, albeit with difficulty, to share her husband with her.”


French cinematic masterpiece

Thank God! One of the greatest films of French cinema, almost invisible in good conditions for years, is the return to the big screen, what is more in a 4K restored version by diamond movies Which especially highlights the contrasts and the brilliant black and white light of the Director of Photography Pierre Lom. this movie mother and bitchMasterpiece Jan Eustachea movie filmed between May and July 1972 and caused a scandal during 1973 Cannes Film FestivalThe Grand Jury Prize and the International Federation of Film Presses Prize. This restored version allowed this film to return to the Cannes Film Festival on May 17th as part of the selection Classic Roadwith a presentation at the Salle Debussy at the Palais des Festivals which ended with a 10-minute “warm applause” in tribute to the film and physical presence Françoise Lebrun Based on Jean-Pierre Lod. The scandal of 1973, a standing ovation in 2022!

If it seems hard not to understand the reasons for the ovation in 2022, we can question the reasons why some viewers whistled on this movie 49 years ago. The most plausible explanation lies in the rejection by some festival-goers of the very foul language used by the film’s protagonists. Let’s go! Another quite obvious explanation: the absolutely absurd fact, for many of the spectators in 1973, that they did not understand anything in the film, and that they saw in it an immoral act with an apology for the post-68 free love and discipline of the (Kalima) band that did not exist at the time which refers to a romantic threesome, here Mary, the mother, Alexander and Veronica, the bitch). Nothing understood in the movie! In fact, mother and bitch It is, on the contrary, a particularly moral film. Indeed, if we hear Veronica say that she can sleep with any man, which she does not hesitate to do, if she adds “Why shouldn’t a woman say she wants sex with a man?”, a wonderful, touching, back-to-back shot, where she was crying, She takes the opposite view of everything she has affirmed (and practiced) before by declaring that one should ‘have sex’ only with people whom we love with love, and why not, in the hope of becoming pregnant as a woman, allows, at least, to question in any letter to Veronica John EustacheHe got to know himself better!

50 years after the film was filmed, two of the film’s three main cast are still alive: in what was his first movie role, Françoise Lebrunwhich was a time, a few years before the movie, buddy Jan Eustache, is absolutely wonderful. As usual we add; Jean-Pierre Lod He plays as he always plays: some like it, some don’t! for Bernadette LafontShe plays as well as she’s always played, but for her, I hope those who don’t appreciate her have the courage to step up! We said above all make photography pierre lom, This film, in addition to describing the “love” stories of young people a few years after 1968, was made a great documentary about Paris From the early seventies, or more precisely, in a very specific area, the Sixth Circle, with, in particular, Flora Caféthey two caterpillars and the Luxembourg Garden. If the eye plays a very important role in the very positive judgment we pass on this film, it is good to specify that the ear is not left out, and the sound quality is captured by Jean-Pierre Roh, being exceptional as well: the city noise, the sounds of the engines, and even the lighters, while the film gives the impression that everyone, or nearly everyone, was a fan of cigarettes. As for music, there is no and…there is. In fact, the only music we hear, and there’s a lot of it, is the one that the characters listen to at one point or another in the movie, starting with bloody to me Deep Purplewayfarer Offenbach And the Edith Piaf.

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