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Maitresse (Criterion Collection) (1976)

Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Bulle Ogier, André Rouyer, more...
Director: Barbet Schroeder
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Comedies, S/M, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 112 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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For a change, the character portrayed by Gérard Depardieu in Maîtresse is relatively normal; it is the world around him which has gone slightly mad. Looking for a measure of affection and companionship, Olivier (Depardieu) crosses the path of the lovely Ariane (Bulle Ogier). She happens to be a professional dominatrix-and from the evidence we're presented, she's one of the most accomplished of her ilk. How this mismatched (to put it mildly) relationship can possibly work is the core of Maîtresse. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Exclusive video interview with Director Barbet Schroeder
  • New essay by film critic Elliott Stein

GreenCine Member Reviews

This dungeon is a bore... by ABrooks May 26, 2004 - 9:00 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I am no stranger to S/M or Erotica.That being said, I felt this film lacked a good solid plot, highs and lows and a good story. Here's how it goes: French Encyclopedia salesman (Depardieu) meets a Dominatrix (Ogier) while breaking into her home. They fall in love. The end. In between we see the Mistress distribute some great punishmens (Instructing Depardieu to whip a woman on a chair in a country house, hammering nails in interesting places) and some rather dull ones (riding a slave, calling a bound slave a "Dog"). The scenes in the dungeon were not exciting enough to make the rest f the film worth it. The interview with director Barbet Schroeder made the film a little better,but a film shouldn't need the director to explain the significace of certain scenes and imagery. We should be able to gleen that ourselves. This film just wasn't that put together.

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(Average 6.48)
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