Take three people – a responsible Madonna figure, a self-appointed ‘whore’ and a young man who likes to talk, and you have two things. Firstly, a masterpiece of Nouvelle Vague cinema by Jean Eustache and secondly, a brilliantly awkward love triangle, played out in 1970s Paris.
Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Léaud) can’t choose between his girlfriend Marie (Bernadette Lafont), who keeps his home and represents his stability, and his mistress Veronika (Françoise Lebrun), who owns her promiscuity, but apparently wants nothing more than to keep a conventional home.
Eustache films his young characters with a mix of affection and cynicism – maybe we’ve all had these thoughts before, and maybe we know how they turned out. With fantastic performances by FrançoisTruffaut favourite Léaud (The 400 Blows) and amateur actor Lebrun, this is a natural, intimate and wonderfully written drama about love.
France 1975 Dir Jean Eustache 217 min French with English subtitles Shown in 35mm