Films byTexts by Jean Eustache
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La maman et la putain is a film about la parole without any action. Eustache’s brutally honest dissection of post-May ’68 fatigue, when the promises of ’68 turned out to be shattered illusions – failed and meaningless – is also a critique of le couple libre, of the affective and sexual morals of sexual liberation. Love is not free and happy, concludes Eustache. Love is pain. Love is devastating, but it is perhaps also the only salvation. “Comes love, nothing can be done.”

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The entire filmography of French filmmaker Jean Eustache is undergoing meticulous restoration to be rereleased in the coming months.

Jean Eustache, 1974, 123’

Ô mes petites amoureuses,
Que je vous hais!
Plaquez de fouffes douloureuses
Vos tétons laids!

Arthur Rimbaud, ‘Mes petites amoureuses’, 1871


The Mother and the Whore
Jean Eustache, 1973, 217’

The chauvinist Alexandre balances relationships with several women, including the maternal Marie and the sexually liberated Veronika, in the post-1968 intellectual scene of Paris.