La maman et la putain (1973)
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- The Mother and the Whore
- 217 min.
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I must admit I watched this movie in three etappes, as some sort of wicked series. And I must say I kinda liked it in the end. There is some erotic tension, and Alexandre is just funny in that he talks random bullshit the whole time. A firstclass fuckup, he somehow reminded me of The Big Lebowski, although such a statement will probably anger a lot of people.
The story kinda flows like a slow river, without too much happening. Also, Bernadette Lafont is HOT!
I usually dislike wordy talk a lot films aka Before Sunset and Claire's Knee. But this in spite of the terrible subtitles in the version I watched I think that this is a masterpiece. How absolutely detrimental each character is to each other something to behold. Say what you like greenhorg about anyone who enjoys this movie your a Seinfeld fan. How douchey is that (as well as the word douchey).
I wonder if french people really spoke like that in the 70's of if it's just bad acting ;)
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This movie ranks #2 in Time Out's The 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #8 in Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prix
This movie ranks #23 in Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque
This movie ranks #70 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #81 in The Times's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #103 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #228 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #293 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #329 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #553 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #563 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #642 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #763 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?