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28 April 1975 (France) See more »
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A common thief (Depardieu) breaks into the house of a professional dominatrix (Ogier), and begins to help her "train" her clients... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Gérard Depardieu ... Olivier
Bulle Ogier ... Ariane
André Rouyer ... Mario
Nathalie Keryan ... Lucienne
Roland Bertin ... Man in Cage
Tony Taffin ... Emile
Holger Löwenadler ... Gautier
Anny Bartanovski ... Secretary
Serge Berry ... Valet
Richard Caron ... First Client
Pierre Devos ... Bistro Patron
Jeanne Herviale ... Concierge
Michel Pilorgé ... Male Guest
Cécile Pochet ... Female Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Parvulesco ... L'homme qui éconduit Olivier (uncredited)

Directed by
Barbet Schroeder 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barbet Schroeder 
Paul Voujargol 

Produced by
Pierre Andrieux .... producer
Original Music by
Carlos D'Alessio 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros  (as Nestor Almendros)
Film Editing by
Denise de Casabianca 
Production Design by
Roberto Plate 
Costume Design by
Karl Lagerfeld 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-François Stévenin .... assistant director
Art Department
Allen Jones .... poster artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Florent Bazin .... second assistant camera

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112 min | Australia:112 min (uncut version) | UK:107 min (1981, cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:(Banned) (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2004) | France:-18 | UK:18 (2003, uncut) | UK:X (heavily cut) | UK:R (original rating) | USA:X

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It is claimed that Parisian masochists didn't merely volunteer for treatment in the Dungeon scenes, but actually paid for the privilege.See more »


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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Esoteric surprise 20 years early, 17 June 2004
Author: Autonome from Portland, Oregon

Maîtresse is a typical story of seduction and obsession. The dialog is in French with subtitles. Without an unusual or groundbreaking plot, and not presented as a grand film, it was filmed in the popular style of French films of the time, many of which enjoy enduring popularity today because of their minimalist execution. It simply presents a story in an unpretentious format. It is not too sexually explicit visually, though the theme definitely is.

The director, Barbet Schroder, has evolved into one of the incredible directors of our time. His life is probably more interesting even than most of his fictional characters, and his other films are a short list of some of my favorites.

There is really only one noteworthy element of the film, and it is quite noteworthy. The central character, Ariane (Bulle Ogier), who is reminiscent of Catherine Deneuve, is quite seductive as a dominatrix who avails herself of a fetishist's dream chamber complete with a wardrobe that most people would not believe could have possibly existed when the film was made in 1973. It is the fantastic surprise of the film, and the character is easily 20 years ahead of her time.

Anyone into edgy fashion today would be well advised to enjoy viewing this film and accept a humbling lesson concerning underground esthetic's that existed some 30 years ago. Indeed, this film alone may have helped to popularize modern fetishist, "sadist" or bondage sensibilities, especially in France.

An interesting and odd film, decidedly kinky, and with an ending that makes a brief but incredible prediction of the work, "Crash" by J.G. Ballard, written soon after the film was released- or perhaps coincidentally.

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