“Maitresse” Is Mark Kermode’s BFI Player “Film Of The Week”

Gerard Depardieu, in one of his earliest roles, stars in Barbet Schroeder’s Maîtresse about a petty crook who gets more than he bargained for when breaking into the home of dominatrix Ariane (Bulle Ogier). It’s available now on BFI Player+

Maitresse, BFI Player

Leading UK film critic Mark Kermode declares his “film of the week” on BFI PlayerBarbet Schroeder’s Maîtresse. Initially banned in the UK, and heavily censored afterwards, it wasn’t until 2003 that UK audiences got to see an uncut version. Describing the film as “surprisingly frank”, Kermode refers to it as “a controversial release… the fate of which tells us much about the changing face of film censorship and classification in the UK.”

In Maitress, Depardieu’s crook ends up assisting dominatrix Ariane with her with clients. Despite the world being an alien one, he falls in love with her. With a growing attraction developing between them, he struggles to reconcile his feelings with her sado-masochistic profession, and when he looks to help her ‘escape’ her life, she begins questioning if she really wants to leave at all.

Continuing its unique approach to curated cinema, every week BFI Player+ features an exclusive video recommendation from Kermode as he selects a key title from the available films and why they should not be missed.

The BFI, the UK’s lead organisation for film, offers a Video on Demand subscription service like no other: BFI Player+ [BFI Player Plus] – http://player.bfi.org.uk/bfi-player-plus/. Costing just £4.99 a month, with a 30-day free trial for all users, BFI Player+ offers audiences a wide selection of hand-picked classic and critically-acclaimed films.

BFI Player+ is available now here: http://player.bfi.org.uk/bfi-player-plus/

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Rory Fish has loved movies since he can remember. If he was to put together an "all time" top 10 of absolute favourites it would have to include North By Northwest, 12 Angry Men and Sunset Boulevard.

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  1. Callum Reply

    I’m intrigued..! 😉

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