Two of cinema's most thrilling and dynamic female talents - the provocative Asia Argento and the controversial director Catherine Breillat - join forces in this audacious and sexually-charged tale of lust and seduction. Argento gives an electrifying performance as Vellini, the beautiful and headstrong mistress of Ryno de Marigny, an aristocrat who has just taken the young and innocent Hermangarde (Roxane Mesquida) as his bride. Lacking the emotional connection and carnal passion in his marriage that he shared with Vellini, Ryno attempts to resist temptation but eventually succumbs to desire, rekindling the illicit affair with tragic consequences...
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You rated this film: 2
I've always enjoyed Breillat's work. But this didn't really impress me in any way.
The plot is based on a Barbey d'Aurevilly short story, and there is very little to it - an inescapable past/passion. It comes across as a period drama, with very little to say about anything above and beyond that. It's a little like watching 'Dangerous Liaisons' without the plot/intrigue.
There is one reason to watch this - the actor Fu'ad Ait Aattuu....the camera absolutely loves him, and he has a mesmerizing beauty. He's also a fine actor with no doubt a bright future....