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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.



(novel), (adaptation)
2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fu'ad Aït Aattou ...
Ryno de Marigny
Claude Sarraute ...
La marquise de Flers
La comtesse d'Artelles
Le vicomte de Prony
Mme de Solcy
Jean-Philippe Tesse ...
Le vicomte de Mareuil
Sarah Pratt ...
La comtesse de Mendoze
Mademoiselle Divine des Airelles
La chanteuse
Nicholas Hawtrey ...
Sir Reginald
La dame de Pique


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>

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

18 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Mistress  »


Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,554, 29 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$785,037, 5 October 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Catherine Breillat discovered Fu'ad Aït Aattou in a Paris café. See more »


While Ryno is descending the stairs at the opera, an Edgar Degas mural can be seen (Degas would have only just been born in this era). See more »


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


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He loves her, he marries another one....
8 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a beautiful period film with a lot of Breillat's trademark unflinching look at love and war between sexes. The story is old, but this is first time I see it put so frankly - they not marrying the the love of their life....

Sex is shot amazingly. There is an eyeful of historical detail and actors are looking great, dressed and undressed. The book it is based on according to Breillat, is autobiographical, which makes it even more interesting.

To put it simply - great work in many aspects.

Bravo again Catherine!

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