Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress)
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Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress)
Catherine Breillat's adaptation of An Old Mistress stars Fu'ad Ait Aatou as Ryno de Marigny, and Asia Argento as Vellini, two lovers in 19th century Paris. The two have been passionately involved for nearly a decade, but de Marigny attempts to end their relationship now that he is engaged to Hermangarde (Roxane Mesquida), a respectable young woman. As the bride-to-be's grandmother forces de Marigny to confront his past as a notorious womanizer, the film flashes back to reveal the intense decade the lovers shared. Although de Marigny appears to want to shut Vellini out forever, her… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"Argento seizes each scene with both hands, adding surprising layers of feeling as she goes."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It's characteristic of the virtues and limitations of French sexual provocateur Catherine Breillat...that they usually derive from the same source--the fearless determination to skirt the borders of camp."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The Last Mistress displays the director's contempt for conventionality in clear, ringing tones."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The characters ultimately feel more like pawns to be manipulated, rather than flesh-and-blood human beings who suffer and love, which gives the film's message that the two are essentially one in the same a rather hollow ring."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"All of the characters are so elusive and thin there's nothing to grab our interest."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's devastating."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Cool, carnal, and lethal, The Last Mistress is a period drama with a difference."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Breillat's unflinching instinct for the doomed, all-consuming pull of sexual obsession shakes the story up in rewarding ways."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"Rather boring."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"There was a point about midway through "The Last Mistress" when I was honestly wondering if it was intentionally bad."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"[An] entertaining, elegantly shot adaptation of Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly's 19th century novel."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"There's a brittle pomp and circumstance to The Last Mistress, which suddenly turns into a sensual witch's dance, once star Asia Argento is let loose about a third of the way into the film."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"An elegant film about an irresistible hot romance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is an outstandingly intelligent, formally pleasing film, and a fascinating development for Breillat herself."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Seldom have a filmmaker and lead actress performed in perfect, artistic sync."
‑ Steve Ramos, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel