Chloe (film)

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Chloe
Chloe US poster.jpg
US release poster
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Produced by Jason Reitman
Ivan Reitman
Tom Pollock
Jennifer Weiss
Simone Urdl
Screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson
Based on Nathalie... 
by Anne Fontaine
Starring Julianne Moore
Liam Neeson
Amanda Seyfried
Music by Mychael Danna
Cinematography Paul Sarossy
Edited by Susan Shipton
Production
  company
The Montecito Picture Company
StudioCanal[1]
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics (USA theatrical)
E1 Entertainment (Canada)
StudioCanal (France)
Release date(s)
  • September 13, 2009 (2009-09-13) (TIFF)
  • March 26, 2010 (2010-03-26) (United States)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Canada
France
Language English
Budget $20 million[1]
Box office $11,702,642 (worldwide)[2]

Chloe is a 2009 erotic thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan, a remake of the 2003 French film Nathalie.... It stars Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried in the title role. Its screenplay was written by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on the earlier French film, written by Anne Fontaine.

Despite its mixed critical reception,[3] Chloe made more money than any of Atom Egoyan's previous films.[4]

Plot[edit]

The film opens with Chloe getting dressed. In a voice-over, she discusses her business as a call girl. Catherine is a gynecologist and her husband David is a college professor. Catherine suspects David of having an affair after she sees a cell-phone picture of him with a female student.

After work, Catherine stops by the hotel bar where Chloe waits for clients. Chloe tells her that she does not usually service women. Catherine tells Chloe she wants to hire her to test David's loyalty. The next evening, Catherine and Chloe meet, and Chloe tells Catherine that he asked her if he could kiss her, which he did. Angered, Catherine tells Chloe that she did not want her to become physically intimate with David. However, she insists that Chloe meet with him again. Over the next few nights, Catherine and Chloe meet multiple times, and Chloe describes in explicit detail her encounters with David, which arouses Catherine during one meeting; Chloe kisses Catherine, and Catherine, surprised by this, abruptly leaves. Later, when meeting with David at a get-together, she is taken aback by his acknowledgment of the scent of her lotion; it is the same lotion that Chloe wears. Seemingly upset by this, Catherine leaves and meets with Chloe at a hotel; she asks Chloe to show her how David touches her, then has sex with Chloe. When she arrives home later than usual, David asks her if she has been unfaithful. Catherine tells him she thinks he has been unfaithful as well, and the two become engrossed in a brief argument as David says that he is not having an affair. They are interrupted by their son, Michael, and do not finish their argument.

The next afternoon, Catherine meets with Chloe and calls off their relationship. That night, she calls Chloe to meet with her at a coffee house frequented by David at lunchtime. She and David go to that very coffee house, where she demands that David admit that he is having an affair. David says that he is not, and that all he did was flirt with a woman. Chloe suddenly walks in, as requested earlier by Catherine, and David does not appear to know who she is. Chloe leaves quickly, and Catherine realizes that Chloe made up her encounters with David. David admits that he has wanted to have sex with other women, and expects Catherine to admit similarly with regard to men. When she does not, and instead says that she has never wanted to be with anyone else, David becomes agitated and leaves the shop. Catherine catches up with him outside and confesses her sexual encounter with Chloe. She says that she felt she became invisible to David as she aged, while David became more attractive to her the older he became, and that this got in the way of her continuing to be sexually intimate with him. He embraces and kisses her.

Chloe goes to the Stewart home and has sex with their son, Michael, in their bed. Catherine arrives home and finds them. Chloe tells Catherine that she cannot be bought off with money, and that she is in love with her. She threatens to hurt Catherine with her hair pin. Catherine asks Chloe what she wants. Chloe requests a kiss, and Catherine complies. Michael sees, startling Catherine and causing her to push Chloe into the bedroom window, breaking it and making it fall down. Chloe manages to grab hold of the frame, but she intentionally lets go and falls to her death. Paramedics wheel away the body while Catherine is comforted by her husband. Later, at Michael's graduation party, Catherine is wearing Chloe's hairpin in her hair.

Cast[edit]

Production notes[edit]

Financing and distribution[edit]

StudioCanal fully financed Chloe, which had already made its $20 million budget back via international pre-sales.[9][10] In 2009, the film received award nominations from London Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival under the category of Film Presented.[11]

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group paid a low seven-figure sum to acquire the United States distribution rights of Chloe,[9][12] and the group opened this film in limited theatrical release in the United States on March 26, 2010 through Sony Pictures Classics.[13] In the United States, this film grossed $3 million theatrically and became one of the higher-grossing specialty films in 2010[14] (according to Variety, "$3 million is the new $10 million" for specialty films' box office in 2010[15]).

In the wake of Chloe, Egoyan had since received many scripts of erotic thrillers.[16] Amanda Seyfried's performance in this film also helped her to gain industry acclaim and become considered for more roles.[17]

Home media[edit]

Chloe was released in the United States on July 13, 2010 in both DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The disc includes an audio commentary, making-of featurette, and deleted scenes.

Several months following the DVD/Blu-ray release of Chloe, Atom Egoyan said that Chloe had made more money than any of his previous films.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The film opened in 350 theaters to mixed reviews; on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Chloe holds a 51% approval rating based on 150 reviews, with a rating average of 5.8/10. The site's consensus is that "Despite its promising pedigree and a titillating premise, Chloe ultimately fails to deliver the heat — or the thrills — expected of a sexual thriller."[18] Metacritic, which assigns a normalized score from major reviewers, gave the film a 48 out of 100, based on 33 reviews, indicating "Mixed or average reviews."[3]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars,[19] while Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News gave the film 1 out of 5 stars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Onstad, Katrina (2009-08-30). "Adapting to Life's Change, on Screen and Off". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Chloe (2010)". Box Office Mojo. 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Chloe Reviews, Ratings, Credits". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  4. ^ a b Pevere, Geoff (2010-12-07). "The Digital Revolution: Part 1". The Star (Toronto). 
  5. ^ "Official website of Chloe". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  6. ^ CA. "Director Atom Egoyan praises grieving Liam Neesons professionalism - Entertainment - Arts". The Journal Pioneer. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  7. ^ Seguin, Denis (2009-09-25). "The great entertainer | Features | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  8. ^ "Egoyan's Chloe a reinvention of sexy French drama". Cbc.ca. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  9. ^ a b Horowitz, Lisa (2009-10-09). "Sony Picks Up Egoyan's 'Chloe'". TheWrap.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  10. ^ Canada (2009-10-09). "Egoyan closes U.S. deal for Chloe". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  11. ^ "Chloe (2009) Awards". Moviefone. 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  12. ^ By (2009-10-08). "Sony seduced by 'Chloe' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  13. ^ "CHLOE | a film by Atom Egoyan". Sonyclassics.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  14. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=chloe.htm
  15. ^ Stewart, Andrew (2010-04-24). "Specialty pics face reduced expectations". Variety. 
  16. ^ "Atom Egoyan sifts through sex thriller scripts in wake of 'Chloe' - CTV News, Shows and Sports - Canadian Television". CP24. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  17. ^ Barshad, Amos. "Star Market: Can Amanda Seyfried Live Out a Hollywood Fairy Tale? - Vulture". Nymag.com. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  18. ^ "Chloe Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  19. ^ Chloe :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2011-01-06.

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