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directed by Stephen Lance
Australia 2014


After sixteen year old suburban rebel Charlie (Harrison Gilbertson, HAUNT) comes home to find his father has hanged himself in the midst of one of his mother Kate's (Rachael Blake, DERAILED) neighborhood parties and then discovers that she has been having an affair with a neighbor, he becomes even more withdrawn. Blaming himself but finding it easier to lash out at his mother, Charlie tries to stay away from home as much as possible and happens upon the enigmatic French Maggie (Emmanuelle Béart, MANON OF THE SPRING) who he at first believes is some kind of witch (especially when she gives him an incantation to help him sleep). When he sneaks onto Maggie's property and sounds draw him to a "playroom" where he discovers her in dominatrix gear - bringing to mind Bulle Ogier in Barbet Schroeder's MAITRESS - beating a client, Charlie's first thoughts and fantasies are sexual. Worming his way into a job as Maggie's gardener with the promise of discretion, he is repeatedly drawn to her playroom despite being ordered never to go back into the house. He is at first skeptical about Maggie's explanation that she does not have sex with her clients but helps them forget their private pain; but a heated confrontation with his mother has him seeking out pain from Maggie at a moment when she too is particularly vulnerable after a visitation with her young son (Noah Fontaine) ends in tears. Although disturbed by his unwavering adoration, Maggie starts to "train" him - having started out as a schoolteacher ("that's when I started to smack people") - but she cannot help but break her own rules and probe for the the cause of his pain. Conversely, her own confessions of her failings as a mother give him insight into his relationship with his own, and their relationship evolves into something more affectionate. The comfort - sexually tense as it is - that they bring each other is threatened, however, by the suspicions of his mother and the jealousy of Leon (Socratis Otto, GONE), the social worker who is taking advantage of Maggie to ensure the return of her son.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 6 November 2014 (Australia)

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Omnibus Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:44:16

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Omnibus Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
� Making-of featurette (16:9; 8:42)
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:48)
� Trailers for 'The Lesson', 'Not Another Happy Ending', 'Cannibal', 'A Life in Dirty Movies', and 'Come Undone'

DVD Release Date: 5 May 2015

Chapters 12





Photographed with an Arri Alexa, MY MISTRESS gets a mid-range progressive, anamorphic encode looks a bit flat (only intentionally so in some dreamy head-on close-ups). The Dolby Digital 5.1 track (and 2.0 downmix) suits the film with subtle surround accompaniment during long stretches of silence, music dominating during the fantasy scenes, and some directional cracks of the whip. Optional English closed captions are also included.

The making-of featurette is actually a series of mini-featurettes in which director Stephen Lance talks about the film's autobiographic aspects (including his own complex relationship with his mother), actor Gilbertson conveys his interpretation of his character and his perception of Maggie, producer Leanne Tonkes on casting a French actress for Maggie, cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson on his relationship with the director with whom he started in TV commercials, production designer Matthew Crocker on designing Maggie's red room, and costume designer Angus Strathie on Maggie's wardrobe. The only other extras are the film's trailer and trailers for five titles from sister company Film Movement (two of which appear as start-up trailers).

  - Eric Cotenas


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