La Maman et la putain by Jean Eustache is presented at Cannes in a restored version: trailer

Jean Eustache’s film sparked a lively controversy when it was presented at the Festival in 1973.

The Mom and the Whore is what is commonly called a cursed film. After causing a sensation at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, where it divided the critics but won the Special Grand Jury Prize (despite the negative opinion of President Ingmar Bergman), this river work of 3h40 enjoyed a modest success in theaters before disappearing shortly little radar. Too long, too sulfurous, the feature film by Jean Eustache has nevertheless continued to be the object of a cult, maintained by the circulation of damaged VHS and regular screenings at the Cinémathèque française in a copy unworthy of the work of the director who died in 1981.

49 years later, The Mom and the Whore finds a second life thanks to the 4K restoration carried out by Les Films du losange. A version which opens this Tuesday, May 17, the Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival, before being released in theaters on June 8. For the occasion, a new trailer for a film adored by the greatest filmmakers (from Wim Wenders to Michael Haneke, via Gaspar Noé and Noah Baumbach) has been unveiled:

Driven by Jean-Pierre Leaud, Francoise Lebrun and Bernadette Lafont, this story of disenchanted threesomes on the left bank of Paris was received in different ways at the time, in particular Gilles Jacob, the future general delegate then president of the Cannes Film Festival, who was still only a film critic. Jean Eustache answered him deliciously on a television set in a sequence released by INA:

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