The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages, 2006)



Pithy, nifty, and very dark Hitchcockian creep-fest with Déborah François as a cute blonde sociopath wreaking revenge on a nervy, self-involved pianist Catherine Frot, who ruined her childhood ambitions. The threat of violence and lesbian passion lurks beneath every frame! But the film successfully resists becoming tawdry, instead retaining its icy, poised mood of relishable cruelty. Pascal Greggory seems to have cornered the market on self-satisfied bourgeois husbands whose wives stray. One scene with a cello is...pointed.

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