Maîtresse • 1h 52m
Directed by Barbet Schroeder • 1976 • France
Starring Gérard Depardieu, Bulle Ogier, André Rouyer
A young provincial in search of adventure stumbles into the subterranean world of sadomasochism when he is implicated in a burglary of a Paris apartment. The apartment’s mistress runs a two-floor operation, all respectability above and a dungeon of punishment-seeking clients below. After the young man becomes her upstairs lover, she finds that the two levels of her carefully controlled existence begin to interfere with each other. Barbet Schroeder’s MAÎTRESSE examines the line between fantasy and reality, decadence and deprivation, and the distance one will go for love.
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The following interview with Barbet Schroeder was recorded at his home in New York City in 2002. Schroeder set up his own production company in 1964 and produced such films as Eric Rohmer’s MY NIGHT AT MAUD’S. Since 1969, he has had a distinguished career as a director of both documentaries and n...