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The Last Mistress (2007)
"Une vieille maîtresse" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  18 July 2008 (USA)
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Secrets, rumors and betrayals surround the upcoming marriage between a young dissolute man and virtuous woman of the French aristocracy.



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18 July 2008 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,554 (USA) (27 June 2008)


$785,037 (USA) (3 October 2008)

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Breaking the Mold for Love, Women and Film-making.
14 July 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA United States) – See all my reviews

Its been awhile since I fell in love with a film, THE LAST MISTRESS reignited the flame. It is by far the best film yet of 2008. Few films can really develop the inexplicable magnetism of one person to another, the unbreakable bond that keeps them from drifting afar for too long. Its rare to experience, and difficult to understand. Somehow Breillat has brought to life a rich portrait of the love of a lifetime. Criticisms of pacing are way off, the performers are thinking, soaking in their melancholy and you track that sadness out of the theater in wet footprints. It was hard to leave the room when the credits were over, I wanted more of them, to believe in love no matter how much pain or consequence weathers its journey. Steadfast and true. One of the best female characters to date, and by far a groundbreaking performance from Argento! Rich, passionate, heartbreaking and Breillat's greatest success yet. This is film-making my friends! The younger ones may have trouble understanding or appreciating. For those of us still in love.

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