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).
One of the most irritating films I have ever seen. No character is sympathetic and found myself checking the time constantly as each scene dragged. I don't want to single out Jean-Pierre Léaud but perhaps he was the biggest reason I didn't like it. His Alexandre is far more irritating than all the characters Ben Stiller has played for the past dozen years combined. He acts like a prick the whole time and still gets all the girls in the end.
It seems that people rate this so highly because of its length and they want to show of their ability to sit through a slog of a film for nearly four hours. If that is the case, be impressed by my ability to sit through 12+ hours of a single work in one day (I probably only enjoyed that one because it gradually chipped away my defenses).
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This movie ranks #2 in TimeOut's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #23 in Cahiers du cinéma 100
This movie ranks #70 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #81 in Times' 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #107 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #228 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #293 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #329 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #557 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #557 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #642 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #759 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films