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The Last Mistress (2008)

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on June 19, 2008 by funofmovie

Starring: Asia Argento, Fu’ad Ait Aattou, Roxane Mesquida, Anne Parillaud, Amira Casar, Lio, Yolande Moreau, Claude Sarraute, Michael Lonsdale, Caroline Ducey
Director: Catherine Breillat

Also Known As: An Old Mistress Une Vieille Maitresse
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Art/Foreign, Drama and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 55 min.
Release Date: June 27, 2008 (limited)
Production Co.: Flach Film, CB Films (France), France 3 Cinema, Studio Canal, Buskin Film
Financiers: Studio Canal, Centre National de la Cinematographie (CNC), TPS Star
Filming Locations: Paris, France

Produced in: Italy
Official site: http://www.ifcfilms.com/

For some mysterious reason, Catherine Breillat’s newest film, The Last Mistress, was chosen as the Opening Night Feature for the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival. It’s probably the same mysterious reason that caused most critics to praise Breillat’s intolerable Fat Girl (2001). It’s a reason I’ll never understand. I usually love filmmakers who tackle their personal demons in film, but Breillat is different in several ways. She’s a nutcase who doesn’t admit to her personal demons so much as she tries to analyze them (self-analysis is always a bad idea). She raises the intellectual (or pretentiousness) level of her films rather than wallowing bodily in anything (her films have lots of sex, but it’s cold and judgmental). And through it all, her films seem to have a kind of punishing contempt for everyone, her characters, critics and audience included.


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