MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 233 this week

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

 -  Drama | Romance  -  30 May 2007 (France)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 2,612 users   Metascore: 78/100
Reviews: 25 user | 90 critic | 25 from Metacritic.com

Secrets, rumors and betrayals surround the upcoming marriage between a young dissolute man and virtuous woman of the French aristocracy.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (adaptation)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 05 Oct 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 29 Feb 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 22 May 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 26 Mar 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Last Mistress (2007)

The Last Mistress (2007) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Last Mistress.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sex Is Comedy (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A director struggles to film a difficult, intimate sex scene between two actors who happen to hate each other.

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Anne Parillaud, Grégoire Colin, Roxane Mesquida
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Desire for a subject that functions like a brief fling with no future as such, yet embellished by that very fact. Because something fleeting and futureless is not necessarrily pathetic or ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Sarah Pratt, Gilles Guillain, Marc Filipi
Perfect Love (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Anatomy of a murder. Christophe has murdered Frédérique, his lover. He's in his 20s, an entrepreneur who likes to pick up chicks with his misogynist friend Philippe; she's in her 30s, a ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Isabelle Renauld, Francis Renaud, Laura Saglio
36 fillette (1988)
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A night in the life of a young woman who wishes to learn and experience more of life. The men she meets have as much to learn from her as they can offer her, or more.

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Delphine Zentout, Etienne Chicot, Olivier Parnière
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A stroke-afflicted filmmaker is manipulated by a notorious con man.

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen, Laurence Ursino
Belle Épine (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Stars: Léa Seydoux, Anaïs Demoustier, Agathe Schlenker
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A teen-aged girl tries to escape difficult circumstances in a Parisian suburb by becoming a model.

Director: Nora Hamdi
Stars: Leïla Bekhti, Karina Testa, Samy Naceri
Des illusions (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Etienne Faure
Stars: Aurélien Wiik, Catherine Wilkening, Caroline Guerin
On War (2008)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Asia Argento, Guillaume Depardieu
Les vacances de Clémence (TV Movie 2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Michel Andrieu
Stars: Laetitia Spigarelli, Guillaume Verdier, Julie-Marie Parmentier
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A middle-aged tough cop, Georges Deblache, is trying to help and protect a criminal, Manoni, that he has known since they were both young. He orders his younger colleague and friend, Didier... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Claude Brasseur, Lio, Nils Tavernier
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young couple marry in France in the 1940s and the film follows the arc of their marriage over the next decade. As France recovers from the trauma of the war, the wife finds herself ... See full summary »

Director: Amos Gitai
Stars: Léa Seydoux, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Catherine Jacob
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Fu'ad Aït Aattou ...
...
Claude Sarraute ...
...
...
...
Jean-Philippe Tesse ...
Sarah Pratt ...
...
Lio ...
La chanteuse
Isabelle Renauld ...
L'arrogante
...
Oliva
Nicholas Hawtrey ...
Sir Reginald
...
La dame de Pique
Edit

Storyline

At 30, boyish penniless aristocrat Ryno de Marigny has separated from Villini, a passionate Spaniard and his mistress of 10 years. He's now in love with Hermangarde, a young, wealthy, and titled virgin. Days before the wedding, the bride's grandmother sits Ryno down and insists on knowing if his affair is over. He relates a story of passion, which we see in flashbacks, swearing he loves only Hermangarde. After the wedding, the couple moves to a castle by the sea. And Villini? Can passion survive disgust and self-loathing? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

30 May 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Mistress  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$785,037 (USA) (3 October 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Catherine Breillat thought that Roxane Mesquida, who was in her twenties, was too old to be cast as a teenager. However, after viewing a retrospective of her own work, Breillat realized that Mesquida looked the same as she had as a teenager and gave her the role of Hermangarde. See more »

Goofs

In one shot, Asia Argento's tailbone tattoo is visible. Although tattoos were known to early 19th century Europeans (in fact, they date back before civilization), it seems improbable that Argento's character, a Spanish lady in France, was meant to have a tattoo in a design like the actress's tattoo. See more »

Connections

Featured in Metropolis: Cannes 2007 - Special (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Beautiful and elegant
10 August 2008 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

Milan Kundera writes: "Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition." Case in point, Ryno de Marigny (Fu'ad Ait Aattou), an impoverished but elegantly handsome young man who is trapped between the aristocratic world to which he aspires, and an obsessive bond with a defiantly independent mistress, the boldly seductive Vellini (Asia Argento), an older but dazzling Spanish woman said to be born of an Italian noblewoman and a bullfighter. Adapted from a 19th-century novel Une vieille maîtresse by Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly, Catherine Breillat's beautiful and elegant The Last Mistress, challenges the patriarchal assumptions of the age by depicting a 36-year old woman's right to fully express her sexual desires even if it is means flaunting society's conventions and Christian misogynist teachings.

Set in Paris in 1835, complete with elaborate period costumes and sumptuously decorated drawing rooms, the film opens with the gossip between two aging aristocrats, the Vicomte de Prony (Michael Lonsdale) and his wife, the Countess d'Artelles (Yolande Moreau about the ten-year affair between de Marigny and Vellini and the young man's impending marriage to the wealthy Hermangarde (Roxane Mesquida). Hermangarde's grandmother La marquise de Flers, excellently played by the 80-year-old French writer Claude Sarrate, is an open-minded and rational individual who claims to be a woman of the 18th century. Worried that Ryno will not be able to get over his passion for his fiery Spanish mistress, de Flers listens attentively as Ryno relates to her the details of his long relationship, an affair that he says has now come to an end, telling her that "You don't betray a new love with an old mistress".

In flashback, Ryno relates how he was overcome by Vellini's wild beauty after they were introduced at a party ten years before. Vellini, then married to a wealthy but dull Englishman, reacts negatively, however, when she overhears Ryno call her an ugly mutt and the young man is forced to vigorously pursue her despite her strong objections, forcing her to kiss him while the two are out riding. Her horrified husband witnesses the act and challenges Ryno to a duel the next morning. After deliberately missing his first shot, Ryno is shot in the chest, a wound from which he will take months to recover. The incident, however, triggers Vellini's awareness of her love for Ryno, exotically announced by her sucking the blood from the gaping hole in his chest.

De Flers presses Ryno for the details of their life together during the past ten years but the dramatic story is better left for the viewer to discover. When the film returns to present time, de Marigny and Hermangarde are married and ostensibly in love, yet he struggles to keep his word to her grandmother by moving away from the temptations of Paris to a remote seacoast. The cigar-smoking temptress, however, also loves the fresh sea air and the stage is set for the film's final act. The Last Mistress is an outstanding work of art that is strengthened immeasurably by striking performances by Asia Argento and first-time actor Fu'ad Ait Aattou. Argento fully captures Vellini's sexual assertiveness but tempers her incendiary disposition with naturalism and a tenderness that makes us care about her fate.

Aattou, discovered by Breillat in a crowded café, is almost feminine in appearance with overly thick lips and sensitive eyes, yet he brings a masculine determination to the role that makes him completely convincing. Like the recent film by Jacques Rivette, The Duchess of Langeais, in The Last Mistress love becomes a contest of wills, a power struggle between two people whose relationship consists of a tug of war not only between domination and submission but between 18th and 19th century social codes. That Breillat makes the ride so entrancing is a tribute to her enormous talent.


16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Bad acting... Asia please stop! AlienXS
Sex scenes candries-1
Wasn't Garrel supposed to be in this movie? Jully_Brasil
Asia's tattoos in sex scenes daiphoenix
Trailer Music cadet469
where would i watch this? waybeyondpink
Discuss The Last Mistress (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?