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Maitresse Review

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A street thug becomes lover and 'assistant' to a dominatrix.

★★★★★

Once the subject of minor controversy, this French relationship movie is a cool, objective look at the world of a dominatrix.

Aimless semi-thug Gerard Depardieu is talked into burgling an 'empty' flat, then discovers it is the literal dungeon of 'maitresse' Ariane (Bulle Ogier), who recruits him to piss in a client's face and then takes him on as regular boyfriend/irregular assistant torturer.

Barbet Schroeder, in his art film days, flirts with the chilliest kind of comedy.

Barbet Schroeder in his art film days flirting with the chilliest kind of comedy.