Friday, April 18, 2008

The Last Mistress (2007)

Her latest film is Une vieille maîtresse (The Last Mistress to us, though I believe the actual title in France translates to An Elderly Mistress), her adaptation of 19th century French novelist Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly's final work, starring Asia Argento. The novel was criticized for immorality at the time of its publication - so it should be right up Breillat's alley. ;)

This is already available as a Region 2 DVD from Studio Canal in France (pictured left), and looks to be a nice special edition (including a nice 1:1.85 transfer, a 25 minute interview with Briellat, two deleted scenes with commentary, an animated poster gallery and the trailer). But unfortunately, there are no English subtitles ... either for the extras or the film itself.

While it opened last May in France, the film is still apparently due to get a limited release here in the US this summer, from IFC Films. So we probably won't see a DVD until at least a few months after that. Here's hoping IFC/Genius Products don't sit on this film indefinitely, and that they carry over and translate the DVD extras (as well as provide new material).

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