CINEMA: Psychodrama

THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE

Directed and Written by JEAN EUSTACHE

Three people seduce, wound and demolish one another, all in the name of love. Their poor posturings and deceits, their volatile cartridges of passion, inflict unhealing wounds. The Mother and the Whore is a harrowing psychodrama of destruction.

The geometry of the relationship is a familiar triangle. A young man, Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is involved with two women: a nurse named Veronika (Francoise Lebrun), who titillates him with stories of her rampant promiscuity, and an older woman, Marie (Bernadette Lafont), with whom...

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