Chloe (film)

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Chloe

US release poster
Directed byAtom Egoyan
Produced byJason Reitman
Ivan Reitman
Tom Pollock
Jennifer Weiss
Simone Urdl
Screenplay byErin Cressida Wilson
Based onNathalie... by
Anne Fontaine
StarringJulianne Moore
Liam Neeson
Amanda Seyfried
Music byMychael Danna
CinematographyPaul Sarossy
Editing bySusan Shipton
StudioThe Montecito Picture Company
StudioCanal[1]
Distributed bySony 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 time96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Canada
France
LanguageEnglish
Budget$11 million[2]
Box office$11,702,642 (worldwide)[3]
 
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Chloe

US release poster
Directed byAtom Egoyan
Produced byJason Reitman
Ivan Reitman
Tom Pollock
Jennifer Weiss
Simone Urdl
Screenplay byErin Cressida Wilson
Based onNathalie... by
Anne Fontaine
StarringJulianne Moore
Liam Neeson
Amanda Seyfried
Music byMychael Danna
CinematographyPaul Sarossy
Editing bySusan Shipton
StudioThe Montecito Picture Company
StudioCanal[1]
Distributed bySony 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 time96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Canada
France
LanguageEnglish
Budget$11 million[2]
Box office$11,702,642 (worldwide)[3]

Chloe is a 2009 American erotic thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan, a remake of the 2004 French film Nathalie.... This version stars Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried in the title role. The screenplay was written by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on said earlier French film, written by Anne Fontaine.

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

Contents

Plot

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 embracing a female student.

After work, Catherine stops by the hotel bar where Chloe waits for clients. Chloe tells her that she doesn't 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, and he did. Angered, Catherine tells Chloe that wasn't what she wanted her to do. However, she insists that Chloe meet with David again. Over the next few nights, they meet and Chloe describes in explicit detail her encounters with David, which arouses Catherine. The two kiss; Catherine leaves. Later, she recalls her meeting with Chloe, then meets Chloe at a hotel and has sex with her. Afterwards, David asks her if she's been unfaithful. Catherine tells him she thinks he's been unfaithful. David does not respond.

The next afternoon the two women meet and Catherine calls off their relationship. That night Catherine and David go to a coffee house, where Catherine demands that David admit that he is having an affair. David denies it. Chloe suddenly walks in and David does not appear to know who she is. Chloe leaves quickly, and Catherine realizes that Chloe made up her encounters with David. Catherine confesses her sexual encounters with Chloe. David embraces and kisses her.

Chloe goes to the Stewart home and has sex with Catherine's son Michael in Catherine and David's bed. Catherine arrives home to find them. Chloe tells Catherine that she cannot be bought off with money, and that she is in love with her, and threatens to hurt Catherine with her hair pin. Catherine asks Chloe what she wants. Chloe asks for one last kiss and Catherine complies. Michael sees, startling Catherine and causing her to push Chloe into the bedroom window, breaking the glass. Chloe manages to grab hold of the frame but then she 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

Production notes

Financing & Distribution

StudioCanal fully financed Chloe, which had already made its $11 million budget back via international pre-sales.[10][11] 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.[12]

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group paid a low seven-figure sum to acquire the United States distribution rights of Chloe,[10][13] and the group opened this film in limited theatrical release in the United States on March 26, 2010 through Sony Pictures Classics.[14] In the United States, this film grossed $3 million theatrically and became one of the higher-grossing specialty films in 2010[15] (according to Variety, "$3 million is the new $10 million" for specialty films' box office in 2010[16]).

In the wake of Chloe, Egoyan had since received many scripts of erotic thrillers.[17] Amanda Seyfried's performance in this film also helped her to gain more industry acclaim and receive more opportunities to play more roles.[18]

Home media

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.[19]

Critical reception

The film opened in 350 theaters to mixed reviews; Chloe was given a 50% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[20] Metacritic, which assigns a normalized score from major reviewers, gave the film a 48 out of 100, based on 33 reviews.[21]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars,[22] while Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News gave the film 1 out of 5 stars.

See also

References

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  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1352824/business
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  5. ^ "Official website of Chloe". http://www.sonyclassics.com/chloe/. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  6. ^ Onstad, Katrina (2009-08-30). "Adapting to Life's Change, on Screen and Off". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/movies/30onst.html?pagewanted=all. 
  7. ^ CA. "Director Atom Egoyan praises grieving Liam Neesons professionalism - Entertainment - Arts". The Journal Pioneer. http://www.journalpioneer.com/index.cfm?sid=246100&sc=121. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  8. ^ Seguin, Denis (2009-09-25). "The great entertainer | Features | Screen". Screendaily.com. http://www.screendaily.com/reports/interviews/the-great-entertainer/5006120.article. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  9. ^ "Egoyan's Chloe a reinvention of sexy French drama". Cbc.ca. 2009-09-15. http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tiff/story/2009/09/14/egoyan-chloe-press-conference.html. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
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  11. ^ Canada (2009-10-09). "Egoyan closes U.S. deal for Chloe". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/egoyan-closes-us-deal-for-chloe/article1318927/. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  12. ^ "Chloe (2009) Awards". Moviefone. 2010-03-26. http://www.moviefone.com/movie/chloe/1430056/awards. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  13. ^ By (2009-10-08). "Sony seduced by 'Chloe' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118009736.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  14. ^ "CHLOE | a film by Atom Egoyan". Sonyclassics.com. http://www.sonyclassics.com/chloe/. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  15. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=chloe.htm
  16. ^ Stewart, Andrew (2010-04-24). "Specialty pics face reduced expectations". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118018219.html?categoryid=3768&cs=1. 
  17. ^ "Atom Egoyan sifts through sex thriller scripts in wake of 'Chloe' - CTV News, Shows and Sports - Canadian Television". CP24. http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100713/100713_chloe_DVD/20100713/. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  18. ^ Barshad, Amos. "Star Market: Can Amanda Seyfried Live Out a Hollywood Fairy Tale? - Vulture". Nymag.com. http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/03/star_market_can_amanda_seyfrie.html. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  19. ^ Pevere, Geoff (2010-12-07). "The Digital Revolution: Part 1". The Star (Toronto). http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/article/901059--the-digital-revolution-film. 
  20. ^ "Chloe Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10011774-chloe. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  21. ^ "Chloe Reviews, Ratings, Credits". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/chloe. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  22. ^ Chloe :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2011-01-06.

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