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Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
December 1, 2014
The director Catherine Breillat's period adaptation of an 1851 novel by Barbey d'Aurevilly delivers sex and pain with style and conviction that render her familiar themes new again.
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Argento seizes each scene with both hands, adding surprising layers of feeling as she goes.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 18, 2008
It's devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
[An] entertaining, elegantly shot adaptation of Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly's 19th century novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2008
It's characteristic of the virtues and limitations of French sexual provocateur Catherine Breillat...that they usually derive from the same source--the fearless determination to skirt the borders of camp.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 25, 2008
Cool, carnal, and lethal, The Last Mistress is a period drama with a difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 25, 2008
There's a brittle pomp and circumstance to The Last Mistress, which suddenly turns into a sensual witch's dance, once star Asia Argento is let loose about a third of the way into the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
July 25, 2008
Despite an austere budget and some minor anachronisms, The Last Mistress proves that Breillat has found something in the luscious language of the 19th century that makes sense to us today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
July 25, 2008
A costume drama with an emphasis on costume over drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
July 21, 2008
Asia Argento, as Vellini, is a firebrand, a woman who is attractive even in non-seductive moments when she is angry or downcast or 'off-stage.'
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 18, 2008
[Breillat's] latest and possibly most entertaining exercise in erotica.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 18, 2008
[Breillat] is inviting us to really look at sex as it occurs in life, and to engage with it mentally, as a driving mystery of human existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 18, 2008
The sex, like almost everything else in The Last Mistress, is mechanical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 18, 2008
It is Claude Sarraute's performance that I love most of all in the film. I can easily imagine spending the night in the salon of this old lady, and telling her everything she wants to hear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 17, 2008
Lush. Debauched. Ravishing. And did I mention sexy? The Last Mistress, from French controversialist Catherine Breillat, is Dangerous Liaisons, uncorseted and undressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 9, 2008
Ms. Breillat has forgone the anarchic force of her earlier forays into the still relatively underdeveloped realm of female sexuality. As a pioneer of sorts in her field, she has earned this temporary respite of classicism represented by The Last Mistress.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 3, 2008
The sumptuous costumes and florid dialogue in The Last Mistress represent early-19th-century French custom at its most curlicued, but the power of one woman's molten sexuality is timeless in Catherine Breillat's rich drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 27, 2008
As gorgeous-looking as the picture is, you could never accuse Breillat of anything so banal as good taste.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 27, 2008
The most overtly sensual film to come our way of late.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 27, 2008
Though Argento and Aattou lack the searing chemistry needed, the social politics are consistently intriguing, and everything -- not to mention everyone -looks absolutely stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 27, 2008
Decorous to a fault, in the manner of middling Eric Rohmer talkfests, it's a film that could use some shaking up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 27, 2008
In The Last Mistress, the director Catherine Breillat's explorations of desire are so far from the antiseptic world of most screen depictions as to seem far out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 26, 2008
Though Argento's full-barreled performance hits some bum notes, her utter lack of reserve stands out as both reckless and courageous against the social rigors of Parisian high society.
| Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 25, 2008
Highly entertaining.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
April 11, 2008
Swiftly and deftly immersing us in the fashions - not just the clothes and decor, but also the changing sexual and social ethics - of the 1830s, Breillat's meticulous, eloquent script and direction succeed in relating a consistently engrossing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
September 8, 2007
Adapting a book by semi-notorious novelist and critic Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly (1808-89), Breillat freely stamps her strong and singular feminine insights on a man's material.
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Variety
May 26, 2007