France - Italia

116min - 35 mm - 1.85 - Color - Drama

Original language : French



Asia Argento
Fu’ad Ait Astou
Roxane Mesquida
Claude Sarraute
Yolande Moreau
Michaël Lonsdale



Director: Catherine Breillat

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly

Producer : Jean-François LEPETIT
Production Company : FLACH FILM PRODUCTION
Co-production Company : CB Films / France 3 Cinéma / StudioCanal / Buskin Film

Screenplay : Catherine BREILLET
Director of photography : Yorgos ARVANITIS
Sound : Yves OSMU, Yves LEVÉQUE, Sylvain LASSEUR, Roland DUBOUÉ, Emmanuel CROSET
Editing : Pascale CHAVANCE
Costumes : Anaïs ROMAND
Set : François-Renaud LABARTHE

Festivals & Awards

2007 :
Cannes - Official Selection - In Competition
Toronto IFF
Haifa IFF
Vancouver IFF
Molodist IFF (Ukraine)
Black Nights IFF (Tallinn)
Pula IFF (Croatia)
Baltic Pearl IFF (Riga)
Copenhagen IFF
Bucarest French Film Fest


2008 :
Hong Kong IFF
Buenos Aires IFF
European Film Days in Prague
French Film Fest in Bratislava
Bangkok IFF
Kolkata IFF


2010 :
Off Plus Camera IFF in Poland

Old Mistress (An)


a film by :Catherine Breillat

This future wedding is on everyone’s lips. The young and dissolute Ryno de Marigny is betrothed to marry Hermangarde, an extremely virtuous gem of the French aristocracy. But some, who wish to prevent the union, despite the young couple's mutual love, whisper that the young man will never break off his passionate love affair with Vellini, which has been going on for years. In a whirlpool of confidences, betrayals and secrets, facing conventions and destiny, feelings will prove their strength is invincible.

French Synopsis :

C’est le futur mariage dont tout le monde parle. Le jeune et libertin Ryno de Marigny doit épouser la très pure Hermangarde, fleuron de l’aristocratie. Mais certains, décidés à em¬pêcher l’union de ces deux jeunes pourtant amoureux, murmurent que le jeune homme ne parviendra pas à rompre avec la Vellini, pour qui il brûle d’une scandaleuse passion depuis des années. Entre confidences, trahisons et secrets, face aux conventions et au destin, les sentiments vont prouver qu’ils sont plus puissants que tout.


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