Cannes & Barbey

the-last-mistress-2.jpgCatherine Breillat’s “The Last Mistress” opens today in New York.

An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the movie is based on dandy scribe Barbey d’Aurevilly’s 1851 novel “Une vieille maitresse.”

Director Breillat is known for sexually provocative films such as “Romance,” for which she hired Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi to penetrate her leading lady. In “The Last Mistress,” the principals were only asked to simulate lovemaking.

Released by IFC, the film will hit Los Angeles next week, followed by a gradual nationwide rollout.

Click here for the Village Voice review.

Saith the IFC in a release:

THE LAST MISTRESS is a smoldering adaptation of Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly’s scandalous 19th-century novel. Set during the reign of “citizen king” Louis Philippe, it chronicles the surprising betrothal of the handsome, aristocratic, former libertine Ryno de Marigny (newcomer Fu-ad Aît Aattou) to Hermangarde (Roxane Mesquida of FAT GIRL), a lovely, young and virginal aristocrat.

Lurking in the margins – and in the imaginations of high society’s gossip-hounds – is de Marigny’s older, tempestuous lover of ten years, the feral La Vellini (Argento). Described as “a capricious flamenca who can outstare the sun,” La Vellini still burns for de Marigny, and she will not go quietly.

Here’s the trailer:

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2 Responses to “Cannes & Barbey”

  1. The New Edwardian Says:

    An interesting little side note for those interested is that IFC is premiering this film now on Movies on Demand, which is a cable service on many home TVs in the US. You go to Movies on Demand on you TV, and then down to the sub-section called IFC on Demand, and you will find this film there to rent today. You have to listen to a little speech from IFC on how they are releasing this film on TV and in theatres on the same opening day and then you have the film to watch at home for aroudn $5.00. Not a bad flick either if you enjoy this type of period films. Just FYI for those interested, or those who don’t have this film opening in a theatre near them.

  2. vladislav Says:

    I attended the premiere in New York with my lady friend with whom I have situation simillar to the one in the movie and It was very charming and delicious. Not insipid like other period pieces. And the clothes!

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