My Little Loves
Director: Jean Eustache Run Time: 123 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1974 Language: French with English subtitles
Starring: Ingrid Caven, Jacqueline Dufranne, Martin Loeb
Jean Eustache’s second and final narrative feature, MY LITTLE LOVES, follows Daniel (Loeb) as he navigates the bewildering world of early adolescence. Living with his grandmother (Dufranne) in a sleepy village outside of Bordeaux, France, Daniel enjoys a carefree existence with his similarly innocent peers. But when his mother (Caven) arrives and relocates him to Narbonne, Daniel is prematurely thrust into adulthood: pulled out of school, he is forced to work for a surly mechanic and left to his own devices, spurring him to fall in with an older crowd that is far more experienced in dating and sex. Featuring a wonderfully nuanced performance by Loeb, MY LITTLE LOVES is a coming-of-age gem, surpassed only by Eustache’s own masterpiece, THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE.
“Compassionate but never sentimental, My Little Loves is an essential entry in the coming-of-age canon, a film that ennobles adolescence by so truthfully portraying its attendant indignities.” – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice