My Little Loves

My Little Loves
Directed by Jean Eustache
Produced by Pierre Cottrell
Written by Jean Eustache
Starring Martin Loeb
Cinematography Néstor Almendros
Release dates
  • 18 December 1974 (1974-12-18)
Running time
123 minutes
Country France
Language French

My Little Loves (French: Mes Petites Amoureuses from a poem by Arthur Rimbaud) is a French drama film written and directed by Jean Eustache, his second and last feature. It was released in 1974 and stars Martin Loeb as an adolescent boy shunted from a tranquil lifestyle at his grandmother's rural abode to his mother's cramped apartment in the city. Ingrid Caven plays the boy's mother. The film's running time is 123 minutes, more than an hour less than that of Eustache's earlier feature La Maman et la Putain. The film was entered into the 9th Moscow International Film Festival.[1]


This film is a study of a boy growing up in France. Daniel lives with his grandmother in Pessac outside the city of Bordeaux, sharing a naïve and happy childhood with his friends. After one year of secondary school, Daniel has to go to the city of Narbonne to live with his mother. She is a seamstress living in a small apartment with her lover José, a married Spanish farm worker. Daniel would like to continue school. However, his mother cannot afford it and sends him instead to work as an apprentice in a moped repair shop. Daniel learns about girls from observing others in the cinema, on the street, and advice from other boys in town. When he visits his grandmother next year, he returns as a much more mature boy than his old friends.



Luc Béraud is assistant director on the movie.


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