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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Chloe gives erotic thrillers a good name

click to enlarge IN LIP SYNCH: Chloe (Amanda Seyfried, left) and Catherine Stewart (Julianne Moore)
  • IN LIP SYNCH: Chloe (Amanda Seyfried, left) and Catherine Stewart (Julianne Moore)

Spinal Tap's David St. Hubbins once observed, "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever." The sensual thriller Chloe suggests there's an even finer line between lowbrow smut and thought-provoking erotica. Fortunately, Chloe stays on the clever side of the divide.

Screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson adapted Chloe's script from the 2003 French film Nathalie..., starring Fanny Ardant, Gérard Depardieu and Emmanuelle Béart. But don't let Chloe's high-toned pedigree fool you. If, say, Cinemax knocked off a quickie version of the same script, Chloe would likely have been a hilarious embarrassment along the lines of The Room. Instead, Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan and three impeccable actors bring their A-games to a project that uses insightful dialogue to elevate the heavy breathing.

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