Cool, carnal, and lethal, "The Last Mistress" is a period drama with a difference. Almost more perverse than any of the discreetly graphic couplings onscreen is the film's near-total avoidance of wide shots. Normally, directors love to show off their costumes and carriages, the sumptuous decor the budget has made possible, with expansive camera angles. This movie, by contrast, plays it close, as though witnessing the final moments of a long and agonized bullfight. The matador's daughter in question is Vellini Asia Argento , a wanton Spanish flamenca who disturbs the politesse of Parisian society.
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Catherine Breillat has never been known for her subtlety. Her sexually-charged dramas like "Fat Girl" and "Romance" have often sacrificed coherent narrative for the sake of an envelope-pushing thrill. In blending her distinctive, confrontational style with a more traditional "Masterpiece Theatre" type story in The Last Mistress , she meets with mixed results. France,
Director Catherine Breillat is known for her racy and sometimes sexually explicit movies, many of which deal with themes of female empowerment. She has built a reputation in France as a woman for whom no subject is taboo. Her films have depicted full nudity, hardcore experiences intercourse, fellatio, etc. Breillat delights in shocking audiences, but perhaps the biggest surprise in store for viewers of The Last Mistress is how relatively tame it is. A costume drama free of many of the director's trademark excesses, this is a study of how sexual obsession can overpower true love.