The Page Turner

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The Page Turner
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United States theatrical poster
Directed by Denis Dercourt
Produced by Michel Saint-Jean
Written by Denis Dercourt
Starring Catherine Frot
Déborah François
Pascal Greggory
Music by Jérôme Lemonnier
Cinematography Jérôme Peyrebrune
Edited by François Gédigier
Distributed by Tartan Films (USA)
Release date
  • 19 June 2006 (2006-06-19) (Cannes Film Festival)
  • 9 August 2006 (2006-08-09) (France)
Running time
85 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $3.1 million
Box office $8.6 million[1]

The Page Turner (French: La Tourneuse de pages) is a 2006 French film directed by Denis Dercourt. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


A young girl, Mélanie Prouvost, aspires to be a pianist and auditions in front of famous pianist Ariane Fouchécourt for a place at a conservatoire. Ariane signs an autograph for an admirer during the recital, distracting Mélanie and affecting her performance. She leaves the audition with her mother, heart broken.

Some years later Mélanie, having studied hard, finds a work experience placement at a solicitors. Perhaps coincidentally we find the husband of the famous pianist for whom she previously auditioned. The story develops as the young woman ingratiates herself into the life of the family, becoming a holiday carer for the young son who the family hopes will follow in the footsteps of the mother as a famous pianist. Befriending the boy, Melanie encourages him to prepare a full piano recital performance for the father's return to the family home after a business trip. She also manages to become indispensable to Ariane, both practically and emotionally. Melanie's perfectly timed page turning, combined with her composure and apparent empathy, enable Ariane to recover a confidence in performance that she thought she had lost after a traumatic car crash.

A very close and intimate relationship is established between the two women with Mélanie becoming obsessed with Ariane in order to get revenge for the humiliation that she suffered as a child. She manages to seduce Ariane and then abandons her but twists the emotional knife by revealing the relationship to Ariane's husband.



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