The Last Mistress (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… 2008-06-27 Unrated PT115M Drama Asia Argento
Movie Review

The Last Mistress (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Asia Argento, The Last Mistress | CHERCHEZ LA FEMME Asia Argento as the title character in The Last Mistress , a modern twist on a period-piece drama
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CHERCHEZ LA FEMME Asia Argento as the title character in The Last Mistress, a modern twist on a period-piece drama
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Jun 27, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 115 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Asia Argento

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. Asia Argento stars as the title siren whose allure threatens the impending marriage of a dissolute younger playboy (Fu'ad Ait Aattou) to a virginal aristocrat (Roxane Mesquida). Breillat, the flamethrower who made Romance and Fat Girl, artfully twists period-piece drama to suit her provocative modern notions about sex, gender roles, and power. A-

Originally posted Jul 02, 2008 Published in issue #1001 Jul 11, 2008 Order article reprints