The Page Turner
|The Page Turner|
United States theatrical poster
|Directed by||Denis Dercourt|
|Produced by||Michel Saint-Jean|
|Written by||Denis Dercourt|
|Music by||Jérôme Lemonnier|
|Edited by||François Gédigier|
|Distributed by||Tartan Films (USA)|
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 whom 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.
- Catherine Frot – Ariane Fouchécourt
- Déborah François – Mélanie Prouvost
- Pascal Greggory – Jean Fouchécourt
- Clotilde Mollet – Virginie
- Xavier De Guillebon – Laurent
- Christine Citti – Madame Prouvost
- Jacques Bonnaffé – Monsieur Prouvost
- Antoine Martynciow – Tristan Fouchécourt
- Julie Richalet – Young Mélanie Prouvost
- Martine Chevallier – Jackie Onfray
- André Marcon – Werker
- Michèle Ernou – Monique
- "Festival de Cannes: The Page Turner". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
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