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The Last Mistress Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    78

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A passionate and explicit film about sexual obsession.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The picture's visual style is clean, exact and beautifully photographed by Yorgos Arvanitis.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Breillat, the flamethrower who made "Romance" and "Fat Girl," artfully twists period-piece drama to suit her provocative modern notions about sex, gender roles, and power.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Lusty yet somewhat tepid French sex drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teens probably won't be clamoring to see this this mature, subtitled drama. It's plenty lusty (including fairly graphic sex scenes with partial and near-full nudity) and doesn't shy away from examining what lies behind obsessive sexual attraction. Married men and women engage in illicit trysts, and some relationships are painted coldly, with sex as the fuel rather than love. And even when it is love that inspires affection, it doesn't seem to be able to triumph over lust. There's also some drinking and smoking and fairly minor violence.

  • Families can talk about what the movie is saying about love and sex. Do the two always go hand in hand? Parents, if you watch with your teens, use this as an opportunity to talk to them about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • Why do you think Ryno and Vellini can't seem to stay awayfrom each other -- even though they don't appear to make each otherhappy? Should relationships really be conducted with strategy in mind?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Women discuss ways to "play" the game of love, a la The Rules -- as if deceit and strategy are the name of the game.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: A couple engages in an illicit extramarital affair. A kept woman bedsmen to maintain a certain lifestyle; she also pursues a married maneven when he tries to cut off ties.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Two men shoot at each other during a duel over a woman's affections. Later, that same woman slashes her lover's cheek in what's supposed to be a playful manner.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Plenty of scenes with partial or nearly full nudity (breasts and backsides are bared; couples are shown in a variety of sexual positions). Lots of moaning and guttural sounds made during sex. Some sexually tinged scenes involving blood. Two women kiss briefly.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking in social situations. A woman smokes a cigar in one scene.

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