Chloe

"Excellent"

Chloe Review


This lush, insinuating remake of the rather muted French film Nathalie (2003) benefits from a much more emotionally charged script and lively, layered performances. It also has director Egoyan's playful skill at exploring images and perceptions.

Catherine (Moore) puts up with the flirtatious personality of her husband David (Neeson) until she gets evidence that he's had an affair. And now she wants details. So she hires high-class hooker Chloe (Seyfried) to seduce him and tell her what happens. "He's not the client," she reminds Chloe, and indeed it's the relationship between the women that turns strangely obsessive. Lines are blurred between who's falling in love with whom, and by the time each person starts to realise what's happening, they're in trouble.

Yes, there's a whiff of Fatal Attraction in the way Wilson has adapted the screenplay. And Egoyan tells the story like a Hitckcock thriller, with a constantly surging underscore by Mychael Danna and sleekly linear production design that's heavy on glass and mirrors. Paul Sarossy's camerawork prowls the sets seductively, developing erotic tension between all of the characters, including Catherine and David's late-teen son (Thieriot).

But this isn't style over substance. It's an astute exploration of a mature marriage that has changed from passionate romance into a close friendship.

Moore and Neeson beautifully get under their characters' skins, and we can really feel how each one is struggling with growing older. Seyfriend is excellent as well, playing a woman who knows exactly how to hit the right buttons yet isn't quite in control of her power to arouse others.

Watching the events unfurl through Catherine's eyes gives the film a subtle electric charge because, like her, we're unsure what's really going on. We don't understand why their son is so surly toward her, and we are drawn to this sexy stranger who seems to offer something intriguing that might actually reinvigorate the marriage. It's rare to find a movie that recognises that even in relationships we're all human, we still find other people attractive and we need to be pursued. And since this film is so well acted and directed, perhaps we can forgive its melodramatic touches.



Chloe

Facts and Figures

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Run time: 96 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 10th March 2010

Box Office USA: $1.8M

Box Office Worldwide: $8.5M

Budget: $15M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics

Production compaines: Outpost Studios, StudioCanal, Montecito Picture Company, The

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
Fresh: 77 Rotten: 74

IMDB: 6.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Jeffrey Clifford, ,

Starring: as Catherine Stewart, as David, as Chloe, as Michael Stewart, R. H. Thomson as Frank, as Anna, Mishu Vellani as Receptionist, Julie Khaner as Bimsy, Laura DeCarteret as Alicia, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight as Trina, as Miranda, Arlene Duncan as Party Guest, Tamsen McDonough as Waitress, Kathryn Kriitmaa as Waitress 2, Adam Waxman as Bartender, Natalie Lisinska as Eliza

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