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Maîtresse (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 11 February 1976 (France)
A common thief (Depardieu) breaks into the house of a professional dominatrix (Ogier), and begins to help her "train" her clients. Though this world is alien to his experience, he finds ... See full summary »

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Barbet Schroeder
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gérard Depardieu ... Olivier
Bulle Ogier ... Ariane
André Rouyer André Rouyer ... Mario
Nathalie Keryan Nathalie Keryan ... Lucienne
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... Man in Cage
Tony Taffin Tony Taffin ... Emile
Holger Löwenadler ... Gautier
Anny Bartanovski Anny Bartanovski ... Secretary
Serge Berry Serge Berry ... Valet
Richard Caron Richard Caron ... First Client
Pierre Devos Pierre Devos ... Bistro Patron
Jeanne Herviale Jeanne Herviale ... Concierge
Michel Pilorgé Michel Pilorgé ... Male Guest
Cécile Pochet Cécile Pochet ... Female Guest
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Storyline

A common thief (Depardieu) breaks into the house of a professional dominatrix (Ogier), and begins to help her "train" her clients. Though this world is alien to his experience, he finds himself falling in love with her. Eventually he discovers that she does this in order to support her son, and he attempts to help her out of this life, which she is not sure she really wants to leave. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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She will open your eyes.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 February 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mistress See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (1981, cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Mario: This is the time when they kill horses.
Olivier: Huh? How do you know that?
Mario: I worked in a slaughterhouse once.
Olivier: What was that like?
Olivier: Awful. After a few days I started to get used to it, so I quit.
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Alternate Versions

The film was rejected for a UK cinema certificate by the BBFC in 1976 and only passed in 1981 after 4 minutes 47 secs of cuts with heavy edits made to a woman being bound and whipped, shots of abrasions after a man is whipped and subsequently probed with a needle between his buttocks, and a scene where a male client has his genitals nailed to a plank of wood and his nipples pierced. The cuts were fully waived for a UK 18 DVD certificate in 2003. See more »

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Watchable, but hardly shocking
5 April 2000 | by AfraciousSee all my reviews

I watched a cut version of this film, but it was still not very startling. Olivier (Gerard Depardieu) is a burglar who breaks into the house of Ariane (Bulle Ogier), a dominatrix. She decides to let him go, and Olivier asks her to dinner. She accepts and they soon fall in love. But this love has many problems. Olivier is envious, and struggles to accept Ariane's job, fulfilling the fantasies of perverted wealthy men, especially a mysterious one named Gauthier, who Olivier later confronts. There are mild scenes of sadomasochism and unusual sexual behaviour, but nothing that shocks. Maybe it was diluted slightly by the cut version I watched. Gerard Depardieu and Bulle Ogier are both good as the lead characters. It is watchable, and a fairly enjoyable tale.


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