The Last Mistress
|The Last Mistress|
|Directed by||Catherine Breillat|
|Produced by||Jean-Francois Lepetit|
|Written by||Catherine Breillat|
Fu'ad Aït Aattou
|Editing by||Pascale Chavance|
|Running time||115 minutes|
The Last Mistress (French: Une vieille maîtresse, literally "An old mistress") is a 2007 French-Italian film based on a controversial novel by French writer Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly. It stars Asia Argento and Fu'ad Aït Aattou as the two main characters. The movie was directed by French filmmaker Catherine Breillat. The film was entered into the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Ryno de Marigny (Fu'ad Aït Aattou), before getting married to the young and innocent Hermangarde (Roxanne Mesquida), makes a last visit to La Vellini (Asia Argento), his Spanish mistress, to bid goodbye in an act of lovemaking. His liaison with La Vellini is the subject of the Parisian gossip, and before Hermangarde's grandmother gives her blessing, she wants to hear from Ryno everything about this relationship. Ryno reveals a tempestuous story but indicates that his ten year romance is over; he now is in love with Hermangarde. After the marriage, the newlyweds move away to a castle at the seashore. They are happy and soon Hermangarde conceives. But the "last/old mistress" reappears, and while Ryno tries to keep her out of his life, she is not to be rejected, and Hermangarde finds out about it.
The film appeared on some critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008. Stephen Holden of The New York Times named it the 5th best film of 2008, and Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter named it the 9th best film of 2008.
Blateau, Anne-Elisabeth. "Une vieille maîtresse sans Breillat" (A Last Mistress without Breillat), in Carré d'Art : Barbey d'Aurevilly, Byron, Dalí, Hallier, by Jean-Pierre Thiollet, Anagramme éd., Paris, 2008, pp. 143–149.
- The Last Mistress at the Internet Movie Database
- The Last Mistress at allmovie
- The Last Mistress at Box Office Mojo
- Une vieille maîtresse at Films de France
- Cannes Festival press kit