Director: Atom Egoyan
Starring: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson
In Cinemas: 19th March
Julianne Moore leads as Catherine, a gynecologist who shares but a geographical and genetic connection with her son (Max Thieriot) and who is losing faith in her marriage. She chooses to pay ‘call girl’ Chloe to seduce her husband in order to test his loyalty. Chloe cannot be disposed of with a simple pay-off, however, and so Catherine becomes tangled in a self-created and guilt-ridden web in which she experiments with her own sexual emotions.
Amanda Seyfried, in her performance as Chloe, was all that kept otwo alert until the plot picked up. She is well cast, with her youthful beauty juxtaposed with the character’s raw and exposed way of life.
Liam Neeson plays David, a music professor who is disheartened with his personal life and tries to seek happiness of a sort through aimless flirtation and a strong relationship with his students. Neeson’s character lacks depth, however, coming across as a generic husband caught in a loveless marriage. Nothing new there. Essentially though, Neeson’s position as a footnote in this film is all that is needed.
It is refreshing to see a film that is not only set in Toronto, but actually filmed there as well – the film features some of the famous city spots such as the Allen Garden Conservatories as well as some authentic cafés. Whether this is a real plus for a general audience is debatable, however. Credit is owed to director, Atom Egoyan, in his approach to the numerous sexually driven scenes: he refrains from creating distasteful portrayals of such events, yet allows the emotions and the realness of the acts to be viewed openly.
While Chloe is intriguing – almost poetic, if otwo is feeling generous – there is no great emotion or attachment to the characters, leaving it all a bit hollow.
In a Nutshell: A soft thriller that is at times melodramatic and possesses somewhat of a dream-like quality. Just not all that inspiring.