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CHLOE

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:   96 minutes, audio commentary, featurette, deleted scenes, theatrical trailer, previews

VIDEO:  1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, English SDH

 

STUDIO:  SPHE/ Sony Pictures Classics/ Studio Canal/ Montecito Picture Company

RELEASE DATE:  7-13-2010

Chloe is a prostitute.  A chance encounter between her and a married gynecologist, Catherine, sets in motion events that will change Catherine, her husband David, and their son Michael.   Catherine believes David is cheating on her and hires Chloe to seduce him to see how far it goes.  Chloe tells stories of how it went.  Catherine starts to imagine the cheating in her mind.   Is David cheating on her?  Is Chloe just telling stories to entice and ensnare Catherine?

 

CHLOE is another movie from director Atom Egoyan where the movie wraps you up in the world of its characters.   This film is a remake of the French film NATHALIE.  CHLOE turns the story of NATHALIE upside down by presenting it from the wife’s point of view instead of from the husband’s.   Egoyan weaves and shows the erotic tension between Chloe and Catherine.   The story lets the viewer bear witness to the distance that has grown between Catherine and David.   Catherine engages in having Chloe seduce David.  You wonder if Catherine is worse than David if he is really cheating on her.   The film leaves it vague on whether David has cheated on his wife or if he is just a guy who flirts with every pretty girl.   The glass in the family home shows the distance between everyone in the family while the mirrors reflect what each character is.  CHLOE leaves the story up to your guesses as you’re looking in at it like a voyeur.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentary with director Atom Egoyan, Writer Erin Cressida Wilson, and actress Amanda Seyfried- the track is fun and engaging as they talk about the characters, story, and the production

 

INTRODUCING CHLOE: THE MAKING OF CHLOE DIRECTED BY ATOM EGOYAN- a 26 minute featurette that has interviews with cast and crew in addition to showing behind-the-scenes clips mixed in with movie clips.

 

Two deleted scenes feature a part of the story that was cut out of the film for pacing reasons, but they are still very interesting scenes.   Also on the DVD is the original theatrical trailer and previews for various SPHE releases (present and upcoming) like THE RUNAWAYS, THE SQUARE, and THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   CHLOE is a erotic fueled drama about a family that is distant from each other and the woman who changes it all.   It is a remarkable character drama with each actor giving stellar performances in Egoyan’s best film since EXOTICA.

 

This DVD Review is 7-15-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com