Video Film Review
My Rating: A-
Atom Egoyan is the master of gorgeously erotic B thrillers and his newest movie Chloe does not disappoint.
Available on video now I would even recommend purchasing it as the scenery, costumes and performances are worth making it a part of your DVD collection. As always, the leading ladies do spend some of the scenes in partial nudity and sexual situations but I am recommending it for the fashion shots.
Chloe ( Amanda Seyfried) is a mysteriously beautiful hooker who has the fresh angelic look required of an Egoyan heroine. She is seen drifting from bars to a hotel under the office of Dr Catherine Stewart ( Julianne Moore) . Fittingly enough, Catherine is an gynecologist.
It is a delicious opening scene as the two leading ladies are established.
Egoyan does a magnificent job of using the glass buildings of Toronto as another character in this tale of voyeurism and deception. Catherine watches Chloe from this marvelous picture window and later travels home to her modernistic glass home.
Later Catherine comes across Chloe by chance in the restroom of a fancy restaurant and they share a private moment where one begins to see a chemistry growing between the younger and the mature female.
Catherine is throwing a surprise party for her professor husband David Stewart ( Liam Neesom) but all is not perfect in paradise. As her guests wait for David to fly home, Catherine’s husband deliberately misses the plane to have a drink with one of his young nobile students.
Catherine soon realizes that something is up and she checks his phone. Seeing the young woman’s email message and assuming David has been unfaithful Catherine hatches a crazy plan to hire the hooker Chloe for an undercover sting assignment.
Would David move on Chloe if she meets him in his favorite coffee bar?
Not the greatest plan but Chloe collects the money and gives Catherine all the seductive details of their meeting.
The two women bond in a strange encounter where Chloe attempts to woo Catherine through the seduction of her husband.
Catherine is both emotionally devastated by the idea David would be unfaithful yet also aroused by Chloe.
In that wonderland of ” Egoyanworld” the two woman become closer after another paid encounter with Catherine’s husband.
Juliane Moore does an exquisite job of building Catherine’s latent bisexual urges which the doctor refuses to acknowledge in herself.
And Amanda Seyfeld ‘s Chloe is a marvelous temptress as she leads Catherine astray.
There are moments when Chloe stops and makes strange expressions as if to hint at her emotional neediness and crazed need for attention.
These are nice B movie touches which are done with enough subtlety that it is not a cliche ridden device when Catherine ditches Chloe after a sexual encounter and Chloe goes nuts.
Chloe seduces Catherine’s teenage son Michael Stewart ( Max Therioit) just to get even.
Nice touch. Of course, the audience sees all of this coming but we are enjoying it all the same.
Finally, Catherine has the ultimate climax when she takes on Chloe.
Unless you never watch thrillers the average viewer can probally guess all the twists and turns here.
But Egoyan is so clever, viewers are too absorbed in the elegance of his storytelling to be angry about an obvious plot twist or two.
I did enjoy the very last moment when Catherine turns around to reveal a final surprise which links her
Yes, the two women do really share a bond and Egoyan reminds us of the mystery and eroticism of the female persona in his last frame.
Well done Atom Egoyan and fine tuned performances by the entire cast. As I said, it is a movie you might enjoy watching again.