The President’s Mistress - Jean-Pierre Sinapi - France

The President’s Mistress (France, 2009) by Eurochannel



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The President’s Mistress (La maîtresse du président, 2009)

Director: Jean-Pierre Sinapi
Cast: Cristiana Réali, Didier Bezace, Serge Riaboukine


Forbidden love affairs have their risks, especially in closed and conservative societies. Eurochannel welcomes you to the final years of the nineteenth century in France, to discover one of the most scandalous high-profile liaisons of the era in The President’s Mistress.

The President’s Mistress is an independent French production, directed by Jean-Pierre Sinapi, that presents the romance between the then president of France, Félix Faure, and his mistress, Marguerite Steinheil. In this story of passion, decadence, sex, and envious politicians, viewers are invited to ask themselves if Steinheil was really an innocent lover or a heartless, provocative paramour.

Interested by the passionate love between the president and the mistress, Sinapi offers the perspective of Marguerite as a modern heroine instead of a laid back lady. Enriched by the stunning performances of Brazilian-born actress Cristiana Réali — who starred in Chez Maupassant, previously aired on Eurochannel — as Marguerite Steinheil, and Didier Bezace, The President’s Mistress is also considered a portrait of the aristocratic French society of the time.

Come and discover the adventures and misfortunes of a French lady known in her time as the “Red Widow.”

An emblematic figure of Parisian life, Marguerite Steinheil (Cristiana Réali) meets President Félix Faure (Didier Bezace), who falls madly in love with her. Becoming his mistress, she regularly joins him in the "Blue Room" of the palace, even as his wife, Bertha, is not far away. But the death of President Faure in her arms changes Steinheil’s life forever. Overwhelmed and accused, Marguerite Steinheil must face the people and justice.

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