As is so often the case with films censored in the Seventies and eventually released uncut, one wonders what all the fuss was about.

Maîtresse is the story of a dominatrix prostitute (Bulle Ogier), her boyfriend (Gérard Depardieu) and how her job affects their relationship. Many of the scenes are fairly explicit, but as the film sets out to observe, rather than make judgements, nothing feels shocking, salacious, pornographic or disturbing.

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Barbet Schroeder's direction and the acting of Ogier and Depardieu are of such high quality that they allow the story to be told in the intended manner.

Some might find this style of story-telling hollow, perhaps even uninteresting, but I certainly didn't. Maîtresse is magnificent.

Spank you very much.

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2004
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The love life of a dominatrix prostitute.
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Director: Barbet Schroeder

Writer: Barbet Schroeder, Paul Voujargol

Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Bulle Ogier, Andre Rouyer, Nathalie Keryan, Roland Bertin, Tony Taffin, Holger Lowenadler

Year: 1976

Runtime: 112 minutes

BBFC: 18 - Age Restricted

Country: France

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