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The Last Mistress

Une vieille maîtresse

Directed by Catherine Breillat
France, Italy, 2007


Set in 19th century France, The Last Mistress chronicles the love affair between tempestuous Spanish mistress Vellini and distinguished, well-bred Ryno de Marigny.

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The Last Mistress Directed by Catherine Breillat

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2007 | In Competition

Toronto International Film Festival

2007 | Contemporary World Cinema

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2008 | Nominee: Best Lead Performance

What is fascinating is how she bends the source material, and the genre, towards her concerns – the notion of sex as power – mainly through the casting of Asia Argento as the title mistress who bewitches a debauched young aristocrat. Argento’s knifing, exhaustingly physical performance astonishes the characters around her, a modern aggressive girl in a passive pre-modern world.
December 12, 2017
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Asia Argento, for her credit, plays this role with dominance and a hedonism that verges on the feral. The way she tilts her head or moves her wide shoulders to steer physical conversation through body language conveys power over the rather delicate performance of her lover and contemporary, Fu’ad Aït Aattou.
June 09, 2017
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The Last Mistress is able to use the source material to not just evoke the late Romantic milieu of Laclos, but also to create a meta-fictional frame to explore generational warfare, domesticity versus sexual freedom, gender relations and historical recreation at large.
September 14, 2016
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