Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress)
Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 25, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: More complicated than your average bodice ripper, Catherine Breillat's Last Mistress features beautiful costumes, wrought romances, and a feral performance from Argento.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

The director Catherine Breillat's period adaptation of an 1851 novel by Barbey d'Aurevilly delivers sex and pain with style and conviction that render her familiar themes new again.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

[An] entertaining, elegantly shot adaptation of Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly's 19th century novel.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The Last Mistress displays the director's contempt for conventionality in clear, ringing tones.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Argento seizes each scene with both hands, adding surprising layers of feeling as she goes.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Breillat's unflinching instinct for the doomed, all-consuming pull of sexual obsession shakes the story up in rewarding ways.

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Rafer Guzman

It's devastating.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Cool, carnal, and lethal, The Last Mistress is a period drama with a difference.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An elegant film about an irresistible hot romance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Kylie B
Although the period detail is beautiful I just wasn't drawn in by the plot or the characters. It's a shame as I liked the sound of it so much.
Dean McKenna
This French epic movie directed by Catherine Breillat is like <i>Jane Austen</i> meets <i>Last Tango in Paris</i>. Scoiflty and deftly… More
Veronique Kwak
"the last mistress" is the work of art from the director who's made "romance", catherine breillat, and it's much more reserved and… More
William Dunmyer
[size=3]"The Last Mistress," starring the European phenomenon [b]Asia Argento[/b], has the standard strengths and weaknesses of a French film. But… More
Stefanie C
from a plot standpoint, we've seen this one before -- it's reminiscent of 'dangerous liaisons' and 'dangerous beauty.' the story… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Last Mistress" starts in 1835 Paris where Ryno de Marginy(Fu'ad Ait Aattou), minor nobleman and all around reprobate,… More