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Double Lover (2017)

L'amant double (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 26 May 2017 (France)
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Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity.

Director:

François Ozon

Writers:

François Ozon (scenario), Joyce Carol Oates (freely adapted from the novel "Lives of the Twins") | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Marine Vacth ... Chloé
Jérémie Renier ... Paul et Louis
Jacqueline Bisset ... Mme Schenker et la mère de Chloé
Myriam Boyer Myriam Boyer ... Rose
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... La gynécologue et Agnès Wexler
Fanny Sage Fanny Sage ... Sandra Schenker
Jean-Édouard Bodziak Jean-Édouard Bodziak ... Le jeune psychanalyste
Antoine de La Morinerie Antoine de La Morinerie ... Psychanalyste 1
Jean-Paul Muel Jean-Paul Muel ... Psychanalyste 2
Keisley Gauthier Keisley Gauthier ... Jumeau enfant
Tchaz Gauthier Tchaz Gauthier ... Jumeau enfant
Clemence Trocque Clemence Trocque ... Jumelle au rouge à lèvres (as Clémence Trocque)
Pascal Aubert Pascal Aubert ... Policier (voice)
Guillaume Le Pape Guillaume Le Pape ... Doublure Paul et Louis
Benoît Giros Benoît Giros ... Doublure Paul et Louis
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Disenchanted with the ephemeral glamour of the modelling world, Chloé, a vulnerable Parisian woman of 25, is convinced that the severe and persistent abdominal pains she's been suffering, stem mainly from a psychosomatic disorder. As a result, the reserved beauty will soon find herself on the couch of the charming therapist, Dr Paul Meyer, nevertheless, the mutual and unfailing sexual attraction between them will make it impossible to continue with the therapy. Before long, the ecstatic, yet unexplored lovers will move in together, however, Paul's obscure past will inevitably lead Chloé to the conclusion that there's definitely more to him than meets the eye. Is the doe-eyed woman lured into a world of hallucinations and dream-like sequences? Written by Nick Riganas

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Deception is Part of the Attraction


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France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 May 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Lover See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,995, 18 February 2018

Gross USA:

$167,581

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,012,368
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Adapted from a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, named "Lives of the Twins". See more »

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[first lines]
La gynécologue: Am I hurting you?
Chloé Fortin: No.
La gynécologue: Are you sure?
Chloé Fortin: Yes.
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An unsuccessful attempt on erotic thriller by Francois Ozon.
6 September 2019 | by lizardjimsSee all my reviews

Though I'm not a zealous fan of Francois Ozon's body of work, I must admit that I enjoyed some of his films so my expectations for "The Double Lover" were at a medium level. Unfortunately, the movie left me cold and I found the finale to be somehow frustrating in its ambiguity. Nevertheless, I liked the performances by the protagonists, especially that of Marine Vacth in the role of Chloe. Her beauty shines throughout the movie and in itself is a sufficient reason to watch it.

The story is quite simple, Chloe, a former model with a traumatic family history meets Paul (Jérémie Renier), her psychoanalyst, and falls madly in love with him after a few sessions. They move together and one day Chloe finds by mistake a passport in which Paul has a different surname. After that, a spiral of revelations will occur and Chloe will become entangled in an erotic triangle with Paul and his twin brother Louis. There is really nothing more to say about the plot which has a Hitchcockian dimension and unfolds in a slow,steady pace. The problem is that the story doesn't manage to deliver in overall terms and, as a result, "The Double Lover" seems to be a rather shallow story about an obsessed woman fighting her demons, a plot device that has become cliched in European crime film production in the last decade or so.

The erotic/sexual element, though it is strongly present at full length, doesn't manage to captivate the viewer and some scenes seem to be naive or even awkward. As I mentioned above, the finale is not at all satisfying, concluding a movie that lacks definite orientation and loses itself in the dullness of its director's indecisiveness.There are a lot of better Euro-thrillers out there, so better try your luck somewhere else.


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