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Chloe

From director Atom Egoyan

The name of the cinematic game is believing what happens on the big screen, and suspending disbelief when necessary. It’s a particular and difficult game – one that is, of course, pulled off with varying degrees of success. One person’s perfectly natural action is another person’s highly irregular one, and there’s no set line for what will be stomached, accepted, and believed. In the case of Atom Egoyan’s erotic thriller Chloe, Amanda Seyfried, Julianne Moore, Max Thieriot, and Liam Neeson toe the line of believability as they sail through the choppy waters of romantic discontent and mistrust. Seyfried is Chloe, a young prostitute well-versed in the finer points of subterfuge – embodying everything her clients dream. And Moore is Catherine, a successful gynaecologist – the established professional, mother, and aging woman desperately wishing for the lust-filled attentions that her husband David (Neeson) used to heap on her. After he avoids her on his birthday, ‘missing’ a plane (and subsequently a surprise party), she becomes wary. And when he continues to flirt with every young woman he meets, Catherine becomes convinced that he is cheating. When Catherine meets the mysteriously beautiful Chloe in a restaurant bathroom, Catherine’s confusion takes a terribly irrational turn. She is drawn to her, and she wants to know for sure that her husband is cheating, so she decides to hire the young woman and tempt him. Step by step, Chloe sets out for meetings with David, always returning to tell Catherine of the encounter, not sparing her the heart-stabblingly precise details. Soon, Catherine finds herself terribly intertwined with Chloe’s life as the young woman also insinuates herself into Catherine’s – Chloe being the secret, beautiful henchwoman for Catherine, the youthful paramour for David, and even the mysterious temptress of their son, Michael (Thieriot). In typical erotic thriller fashion, things quickly careen out of control with twists, insanity, and dysfunction. Chloe is the North American take on Anne Fontaine’s French film Nathalie..., and adapted by Erin Cressida Wilson (the skilled pen behind Secretary). The triangle between wife, husband, and prostitute is given an extra layer of interpersonal horror. Ultimately, this means a whole new ending for the film – one that manages to wrap up the plot while also leaving much teasingly ambiguous. – Monika Bartyzel, Cinematical
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Directed by: 
Atom Egoyan
Running Time: 
96
Country(ies): 
USA
Language: 
English
Starring: 
Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Max Thieriot
Screenplay by: 
Erin Cressida Wilson, based on the film Nathalie… by Anne Fontaine

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