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Love and betrayal are the order of the day in
this suspenseful erotic thriller starring Julianne
Moore, Liam Neeson and Mamma Mia's Aman-
Catherine ( Julianne Moore), a successful doc-
tor, sees her husband David's (Liam Neeson)
dwindling a ections as a sign of in delity, so she
decides to put him to the test.
Enlisting the help of an alluring young escort,
Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) - who she met one
night whilst she and David were out for dinner
and drinks - Catherine plots to lure David into
an act of unfaithfulness. In doing so she hopes to
discover more about what it is that he wants and
what's been lost in their intimate relationship.
She and Chloe hatch a plan and soon David
is caught in the web. As Catherine and Amanda
meet up to discuss the seduction, Catherine be-
gins to nd she too has been caught up in Chloe's
Chloe marks director Atom Egoyan's 13th
movie, but the rst for which he has not penned
the script -- although it de nitely shares similar
themes to his usual fare -- provocative decon-
structions of the many masks we wear within our
relationships -- it takes a more linear approach to
the story and events unfold with none of the cus-
tomary to-ing and fro -ing we associate with his
lms. Egoyan is able to string the audience along,
keeping up the tension and delivering a compel-
ling tale greatly assisted by the work of his actors,
particularly Seyfried as the seductress Chloe.
Acclaimed lm-maker Diane Kurys pays homage
to another Frenchwoman of the arts in this screen bi-
ography of internationally celebrated writer Françoise
Sagan, who shot to fame at the age of 19 when she
penned the literary success, Bonjour Tristesse, a tale of
a doomed love a air. e precocious Sagan's take on
love and life made her the toast of Paris.
When the lm opens it's 1954 and Sagan (Sylvie
Testud) is busy enjoying the high life with her close
friends Jacques (Pierre Palmade) and Bernard (Li-
onel Abelanski). Spending all her royalties on fast
cars, liquor and gambling, Sagan is like a moth that
is heading straight for the ame.
She its from relationship to relationship and her
bisexuality is renowned. Finally Sagan makes an ef-
fort to settle down and marries American expatriate
Robert Westho (William Miller). For a while the
relationship seems to work -- she is tolerant of his
frequent homosexual a airs -- he looks the other
way when it comes to her drug and alcohol abuse.
Sagan gets pregnant but even a er the birth of their
child, little changes. She begins an a air with Pegg y
( Jeanne Balibar), an editor at a fashion house, but
nothing can stop her alcohol and cocaine addiction
from spinning out of control.
Testud is superb as the high strung novelist -- she
wrings every detail out of Sagan's life to deliver a per-
formance that is absolutely compelling.
Director: Diane Kurys
Starring: Sylvie Testud
Director: Atom Egoyan
Starring: Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson,
Director Stewart Wade, a stalwart of
the independent queer lmmaking
scene, delivers his second feature
effort with Tru Loved and this time
around he's directed his focus on
teens and homophobia in high
The story follows the exploits of sixteen year old Tru.
Uprooted by her lesbian mums from her comfortable
gay-friendly home in San Francisco, she's moved to a
conservative, suburban community in Southern California
-- where Tru is not exactly a happy camper. Tru's only
friend at her new school is a closeted football player, and
even that friendship is jeopardised when she starts the
school's rst Gay-Straight Alliance club.
Tru Loved dramatises the struggle between bigotry
and humanity that is far too common for lesbian and
gay individuals, families, and especially youth in America
today...Tru Loved demonstrates the powerful combination
of LGBT people and the straight allies who support them.
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