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Jean Eustache's 1974 follow-up to The Mother and the Whore, detailing his adolescence in the south of France, has never been distributed in the U.S., but some devotees of his work actually prefer this 123-minute feature to its lengthy predecessor. Dave Kehr called it “an original and disturbing treatment of that most commercial of themes, a young boy's coming of age. Eustache's protagonist (Martin Loeb) is a dark, lonely child who is taken from his grandmother's home in the country to live with his mother (Ingrid Caven) and his Spanish stepfather in the city; he discovers not only sexuality but work, boredom, isolation, and—as in The Mother and the Whore—the unbreachable otherness of women. Photographed in summer colors by Nestor Almendros, the film is quiet and visual where Mother was verbal.” This 1974 feature also has a memorable erotic sequence involving the film Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. In French with subtitles.

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