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Chloe makes sex boring. Really.


Chloe makes sex boring. Really.

Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) is a high-class escort hired by elite Toronto clientele. Catherine (Julianne Moore) is a beautiful gynecologist whose husband David’s (Liam Neeson) precarious relationships with his students hint of infidelity. When Catherine reads a suspicious text message from David’s cell, the neglected wife recruits the services of none other than Chloe to seduce her nefarious spouse. Bitter Balcony is sorry; that’s our most uninspired opening to a review we have ever written, but for a movie like “Chloe” it’s appropriate. What follows in this script dusted off Joe Eszterhas’ attic is a series of pseudo-psychological blah blah, a bizarre stalking subplot and (while appreciated) head-scratching nudity by the leads. To the producers’ credit, they found a selling point for this movie with the soft-core sex that belongs in a Zalman King feature.

Worst of all, “Chloe” was directed by Atom Egoyan, the same brilliant auteur behind “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Exotica.” Egoyan has dealt with sexuality before, but there was always an exploration of character that added gravitas to the eroticism. In this film we can’t find much correlation between the protagonists’ intentions and the inevitable romp in the sack. Is Catherine going through all this trouble to quench the neglect from David and spoiled teenage son Michael (Max Theriot) or to simply get revenge lay? What really makes Catherine all that different for Chloe than the average rich John? While it’s OK for a movie to conceal some mysteries, Egoyan buries them under a thick concrete mix of slow-moving body shots and light jazz riffs taken from “Red Shoe Diaries.”

The shame of “Chloe” is that it does not deserve the performances it gets from its stars. Based on the 2003 French movie “Nathalie…” Amanda Seyfried is plugged into the role Emmanuelle Beart played in the original. While the inconsistent change of character is seldom understood, Seyfried manages to fulfill each shift convincingly. For an actress on the rise, Chloe is more of an actor’s workshop exercise than a fleshed out role, and Seyfried does well with what she is given. Julianne Moore, taking over for Fanny Ardant, brings a woman’s frailties to a character that is usually written for Shannon Tweed. Man, did Egoyan let them down. “Chloe” is a 4 A.M Cinemax film masquerading as art.



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Chloe makes sex boring. Really.


Directed by: Atom Egoyan
Written by: Erin Cressida Wilson, Anne Fontaine(original screenplay "Natalie")
Cast: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson

Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

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