Une vieille maîtresse   2007   France The Last Mistress
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Director:Catherine Breillat
Studio:Flach Film
Writer:Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly, Catherine Breillat
IMDb Rating:6.4 (1,806 votes)
Awards:1 nomination
Duration:104 min
Catherine Breillat  ...  (Director)
Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly, Catherine Breillat  ...  (Writer)
Asia Argento  ...  Vellini
Fu'ad Ait Aattou  ...  Ryno de Marigny
Roxane Mesquida  ...  Hermangarde
Claude Sarraute  ...  La marquise de Flers
Yolande Moreau  ...  La comtesse d'Artelles
Michael Lonsdale  ...  Le vicomte de Prony
Anne Parillaud  ...  Mme de Solcy
Jean-Philippe Tesse  ...  Le vicomte de Mareuil
Sarah Pratt  ...  La comtesse de Mendoze
Amira Casar  ...  Mademoiselle Divine des Airelles
Lio  ...  La chanteuse
Isabelle Renauld  ...  L'arrogante
Léa Seydoux  ...  Oliva
Nicholas Hawtrey  ...  Sir Reginald
Caroline Ducey  ...  La dame de Pique
Fu'ad Aït Aattou  ...  Ryno de Marigny
Giorgos Arvanitis  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: I have a thing for Asia Argento. She scares me. I think she is a powerful actress in the right role. Unfortunately, I also have a thing for costume dramas, especially European ones with complicated hairdos. I don't enjoy them.

Summary: 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?

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