The Last Mistress
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Set in 19th century France, IFC's indie period piece, THE LAST MISTRESS chronicles the love affair between tempestuous Spanish mistress Vellini (Asia Argento) and distinguished, well-bred Ryno de Marigny (Fu'ad Ait Aattou). Ryno's attempt to remain faithful to his wife Hermangarde, a highly regarded young woman of the French aristocracy, profoundly fails as Vellini reappears in Ryno's life, offering him the passion and emotional connection he lacks in his marriage. His reluctant obsession with Vellini eventually overtakes his conscience, as he succumbs to the deceitful path of infidelity.
this movie i thought was absolutely amazing. i couldn't stop thinking about it for the next few days after i saw. i would definetly say it's worth the 2.99 to rent the story is gripping and the actors perform phenomenally. the sex scenes are bit in your face but the dialogue that occurs during them is vital to the story. in summation i would say that this is movie is inspiring, and beautiful.
A bold period piece.
I've always admired Catherine Breillart as a singular female voice in cinema, but I usually like her ideas and perspective, more than her actual films. What she has created here is a masterful tale of manipulation, passion, aging, power struggles, and yes, sex--all wrapped up in a French period piece. Jane Austen this is not. Asia Argento, hitherto known to most as a film brat, is incredible here. She has matured from an awkard teen actress to a mature, nuanced woman (see "Boarding Gate" and "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.")
I love this movie, because it was so real. It wasn't a perfect love story, it was what REALLY happens in relationships. This is what real love is like. You can't help who you love, you can't help who you're attracted to. Love isn't something that's easy or perfect. It can be messy. It's hard at times. People get hurt.
I was really impacted and inspired by this movie. I wasn't surprised to see that someone else said they couldn't stop thinking about it. I couldn't either. That's how unforgettable this movie was for me. It's beautiful, the acting is phenomenal, not to mention that Ryno is easy to watch because he's so handsome! I love it. It's a classic in my collection of movies. I reminds me that the true love stories, the ones that aren't candy-coated are the best. This is a romance for adults.
Just a head's up, there are some seriously steamy sex-scenes in this movie.
- Genre: Romance
- Released: 2009
- © 2007 Flach Film, CB Films, France 3 Cinema, StudioCanal, Buskin Film.