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A narcissistic, would-be intellectual (Jean-Pierre Léaud) vacillates between two women in Jean Eustache's raw, intense and exhilaratingly excessive rumination on youthful disenchantment in the wake of May 1968.
"Masterpiece... A historical marker in a way that few other films are" (Jonathan Rosenbaum). Intense, introspective, raw and exhilaratingly excessive, Jean Eustache's post-Nouvelle Vague chronicle of the disenchantment that followed the events of 1968 centres on a ménage à trois: the narcissistic Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Léaud), the older woman who supports him (Nouvelle Vague axiom Bernadette Lafont), and the younger nurse he takes up with (Françoise Lebrun), whose philosophy of dating is that she "will sleep with anyone." Eustache's harsh, witty portrait of the relationship between the Proust-toting Alexandre and "the mother and the whore" plunges us into the heady world of post-'68 Paris, where young people have sex, smoke, discuss philosophy, listen to Piaf, and talk until it's time to have sex again. "Possibly the most important film of 1973... an exceptionally rich film, full of the pain and awareness of a certain time and place" (James Monaco, The New York Times).