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IFC First Take show love for Breillat’s ‘Mistress’

Une Vieille Maîtresse got a fairly cold reception among critics at this year’s Cannes, yet the consensus was that this is perhaps Catherine Breillat's most accessible film. The fact that this film even got made is a success story on its own – the veteran filmmaker was victim to a cerebral attack leaving her semi-paralyzed. Today IFC First Take announced that they have picked up the North American rights to The Last Mistress.  

Asia Argento, 50 years after Choderlos de Laclos, the Marquess of Flers, decides to marry is grand daughter, jewels of French aristocracy, to Ryno de Marigny, a sort of romantic Valmont. But a thing remains hidden : this Don Juan, unrepentant, is the ten-year lover and the victim of a scandalous courtezan, daughter of a duchess and bullfighter. 

The film will preem stateside as part of the New York Film Festival

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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