Date: Fri, 2013/06/07 – 6:30pm
Une Vieille Maitresse / The Last Mistress
Friday, 07 June 2013, 6.30pm
Director: Catherine Breillat
2007, 115 min
The Last Mistress is a 2007 French-Italian film based on a controversial novel by French writer Jules Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly.
Ryno de Marigny, before getting married to the young and innocent Hermangarde, makes a last visit to La Vellini, his Spanish mistress, to bid goodbye in an act of lovemaking. His liaison with La Vellini is the subject of the Parisian gossip, and before Hermangarde’s grandmother gives her blessing, she wants to hear from Ryno everything about this relationship. Ryno reveals a tempestuous story but indicates that his ten year romance is over; he now is in love with Hermangarde. After the marriage, the newlyweds move away to a castle at the seashore. They are happy and soon Hermangarde conceives. But the “last/old mistress” reappears, and while Ryno tries to keep her out of his life, she is not to be rejected, and Hermangarde finds out about it.