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World Cinema Series La Maman et la Putain


Sat May 4 2013, 2:00pm

Where: Gallery Theatre, National Musem, 93 Stamford Road, Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $8.00
  • Additional fees may apply

French with English subtitles

Director: Jean Eustache

La Maman et la putain is a defining film in French cinema of the post-Nouvelle Vague period which perceptively framed up the wave of lethargy and disillusionment of a generation who saw the ripples of the May ’68 revolution dissipate into the banal repetitions of everyday life.

Following a breakup with his girlfriend, Alexandre’s sexual life is stripped bare to a petty fulfilment of desires between two women, Marie, an older woman whom he lives with and is financially dependent upon, and Veronica, a promiscuous nurse whom he picked up at a café. Within the confines of cafes and bedrooms, meandering conversations between them and their acquaintances take place in free-flowing succession. Their musings, which reveal the remnant effects of May ’68 and the sexual liberation movement on their personal lives, are struck by a sense of futility and a lingering ambience of despair.

A bold and frank portrait of the decline of a generation, La Maman et la putain is widely considered to be Jean Eustache’s masterpiece. Cahiers du cinema named it the best film that emerged in the 1970s, and it won the Grand Prix and FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973.