The Last Mistress

Dir. Catherine Breillat (2007). Catherine Breillat hitches her wagon to the hottest of European stars, Asia Argento, in a highly entertaining adaptation of French dandy Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly's mid-19th-century novel-once notorious for its treatment of a young libertine's erotic obsession with a homely 36-year-old woman. Argento may fit no one's notion of ugly, but Breillat uses the actress's frank gaze and virtuoso carnality as a means of disrupting the inherently genteel material.
Sun., July 4, 5 p.m., 2010

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