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The Last Mistress

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Asia Argento, The Last Mistress
Yorgos Arvanitis

The Last Mistress

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
115 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/27/08
performer:
Asia Argento
director:
Catherine Breillat
author:
Catherine Breillat
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

The sumptuous costumes and florid dialogue in The Last Mistress represent early-19th-century French custom at its most curlicued, but the power of one woman’s molten sexuality is timeless in Catherine Breillat’s rich drama. Asia Argento stars as the title siren whose allure threatens the impending marriage of a dissolute younger playboy (Fu’ad Ait Aattou) to a virginal aristocrat (Roxane Mesquida). Breillat, the flamethrower who made Romance and Fat Girl, artfully twists period-piece drama to suit her provocative modern notions about sex, gender roles, and power. A-

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