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Une vieille maîtresse (The Last Mistress)

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Director: Catherine Breillat
Year: 2007

At a certain level, the costume drama is a middle-class stand-by which you wouldn't expect to find Catherine Breillat handling. However, under her direction, the lush sets and glorious cinematography are soon stripped away to reveal a very carnal love triangle, filled with any manner of emotional blackmail and masochistic self-destruction. The Last Mistress is above all a ripping yarn set in 19th century France, and features a particularly splendid performance from Asia Argento as the seductive Vellini.
Cinema's Location:
London WC2H 7LP
Rating (out of 5):
Odeon (West End)
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