A remake of French director Anne Fontaine’s 2003 erotic-triangle drama Nathalie, Egoyan’s film stars Julianne Moore’s as a well-heeled Toronto gynaecologist who suspects that her professor husband (Liam Neeson) is cheating on her.
To confirm her fears, she hires up-market call girl Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) to put the prof’s fidelity to the test and then report back with all the lascivious details. As the experiment unfolds, however, this peculiar triangle develops all kinds of unexpected kinks…
To begin with, Chloe is pretty faithful to Fontaine’s original film, which starred Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart and Gérard Depardieu in the roles played by Moore, Seyfried and Neeson.
About two thirds of the way, however, Egoyan jettisons the French film’s teasing subtlety and turns his movie into something resembling a late-1980s/early 90s direct-to-video erotic thriller.
Chloe’s stars give the movie far more class, of course, and Egoyan’s keen eye for architecture means that it always looks fabulous. Indeed, the married couple’s ravishing glass, steel and stone modernist house (in reality Toronto-based architect Drew Mandel’s Ravine House) is as irresistible as Seyfried’s eponymous Chloe – and plays a surprisingly key role in the plot.
Released on 19th July. Read the full review.