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The Last Mistress [2007] [DVD]

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Asia Argento, Roxanne Mesquida
  • Directors: Catherine Breillat
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour, Digital Sound
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GJ4K6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,463 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two of cinema's most thrilling and dynamic female talents - the provocative Asia Argento and the controversial director Catherine Breillat - join forces in this audacious and sexually-charged tale of lust and seduction. Argento gives an electrifying performance as Vellini, the beautiful and headstrong mistress of Ryno de Marigny (Fu'ad Aït Aattou), an aristocrat who has just taken the young and innocent Hermangarde (Roxane Mesquida) as his bride. Lacking the emotional connection and carna passion in his marriage that he shared with Vellini, Ryno attempts to resist temptation bu eventually succumbs to desire, rekindling the illicit affair with tragic consequences

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Argento exudes a heady mix of eroticism and power... Irresistible passion --Film4.com

Rich, complex, consistently engrossing... Argento has never been better --Time Out

Outrageous... Sheer extravagance and passion --The Guardian

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The film explores a gamut of emotions: high-octane obsessive love, furious jealousy and miserable feelings of rejection experienced by a man, his mistress and new wife. The structure of the story is as a retrospective narrative by the man told to his rather cynical new grandmother-in-law on the eve of his wedding. The film deftly balances explosive emotional scenes, erotic love-making and quiet, reflective interludes. There is an aura of decadence about the film enhanced by ravishing, elaborate costumes, and ornate interiors. It's a beautiful film to look at and the acting is very good with a super-charged performance by Asia Argentino as the Spanish mistress.
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A fine adapatation of the 1851 novel by Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly a writer specializing in hidden motivation and evil and an influence on Henry James and Marcel Proust.

The long dialogue between Ryno de Marigny (Fu'ad Ait Aattou) - a first role for an extraordinary androgynous looking boyish actor - and his future wife's grandmother the Comtesse d'Artelles is highly evocative of Proust, as are the friendships between the Comtesse and Madame de Solcy (Anne Parillaud) and the Viscomte de Prony (Michael Lonsdale).

Rynos's tormented long standing destructive affair with Vellini (Asia Argento) provides the erotic element, and Argento is outstanding in her role.

The action could do with a little bit more show (but certainly not on the erotic front) and less tell, but this is probably due to the original novel from which it derives.

The costumes are sumptuous and are superbly filmed with exceptionally clear mainly shadow free front lighting, a visual pleasure.

For all fans of the director Catherine Briellat (her 2001 film Brief Crossing is one of my favourites) and of highly charged historical romances.
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After reading the good reviews, I had high hopes for this movie. The premise is good, the story is interesting, the cinematography (as mentioned) beautiful. However, the film turned out to be far more dull and predictable that I had hoped. There are many good moments, lots of promise, but the movie never lifts the game high enough to make one really care about the charactors or feel much emotion to what happens to them in the end.
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This film is visually beautiful. It is a costume piece set in the 1830's mainly in Paris. It is the story of upper class people who wear beautiful expensive clothes and live in richly built and decorated properties. The lighting and camerawork is excellent and really show off the rich surroundings. It is the story of a young and very beautiful young man Fu'ad Ait Aattou who has a marriage arranged for him. But he is heavily involved with a mistress played by Asia Argento who does not want him to leave her anymore than he wants to leave her. She really does come over as a really earthy experienced lover whereas the new bride is pale blonde and icy. Yes there are some nude scenes and they are beautifully acted. They slot into the story as a perfectly normal part of life. And the music: lovely classical music we all know from the period. A very well crafted film which is thoroughly entertaining and very French.
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"The Last Mistress" is a not uninteresting , but a little unconvincing French film about a young Parisian nobleman in the 1830's who has difficulties in choosing between his demure,attactive young bride and his tempestuous, saucy ex. The film charts his relationship with the haughty, raunchy Spanish wench through a pre wedding conversation the young man has with his bride's grandmother. He certainly found excitement and thrills with her, getting involved in a duel with her erstwhile husband and losing a young daughter to a scorpion bite while living in Algeria for instance. They split up but are drawn together again by a sort of fate,a "force de nature", that even marriage to a beautiful sweet-natured young girl cannot withstand. "The Last Mistress" is a well made period drama that will probably be best remembered for it's, er, realistic sex scenes,a phenomenon also displayed in one of the director's earlier films "A Ma Soeur" ,where the actors really looked to be indulging in a genuine bit of "Ugandan activity".
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I saw this film in the shops and was unsure about whether or not to purchase, but I am glad I did. Cathrine Breillat directs a wonderful tale of passion and possession that, for some inexplicable reason has you rooting for the main characters. I found the ending quite satisfactory even though it was predictable!
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