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3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Atom Egoyan only directs – not writes – this more slick, less subtle but still enjoyably barmy remake of ‘Nathalie’, the 2003 film which saw a middle-aged Parisian (Fanny Ardant) employ a hooker (Emmanuelle Béart) to seduce her philandering husband (Gérard Depardieu) and report on the details.

There was something so French about the original (the implicit acceptance of adultery, for one) that it’s not surprising that the emphasis has changed so that the affairs of the husband (Liam Neeson) are less certain and more of a possibility that prompts the hiring of Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) by his wife (Julianne Moore).

But there’s a literalism that disappoints: just when you’re enjoying the suggestion that the entire set-up is reflective of the wife’s turmoil or, at least, her mid-life crisis, the story takes a silly turn into stalker-thriller territory. Egoyan’s style is strictly arthouse-accessible: soft colours and dark shadows; modern architecture; a hint of erotica and the odd nipple shot.

By: Dave Calhoun



Release details

Release date:
Friday March 5 2010
99 mins

Cast and crew

Atom Egoyan
Erin Cressida Wilson
Liam Neeson
Julianne Moore
Amanda Seyfried
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