From the producer of Mulholland Drive and The Pianist comes Nathalie, a seductive tale of sexual intrigue and manipulation, starring Emmanuelle Beart, Academy Award nominee Gerard Depardieu and acclaimed actress Fanny Ardant. Tormented by the suspicion of her husband's adultery, Catherine, a bourgeois Parisian businesswoman, seeks the of a beautiful but mysterious call-girl, Nathalie, to uncover the truth once and for all. As she hears the intimate details of her husband's meeting with Nathalie, Catherine also begins to learn more about herself and her own desires. However as she loses her control over Nathalie's actions she begins to question who is deceiving whom. Nathalie is a stylish and provocative drama set against the backdrop of the world's most seductive city, which looks at the nature of relationships, and the subtle line that separates love from desire.
LOVE MAKES YOU TAKE EXTREME MEASURES
- Nathalie review by PT
Convinced of her husbands infidelity Fanny Ardant engages a hooker, in the shape of Beart, to seduce her husband and tell her all the sordid details. It is brilliantly acted, and thus not easy viewing, as you witness Ardant, a sophisticated woman visiting the red light haunts and conversing with the beautiful escort Beart, who is equally as brilliant as the, seen it done it all, escort. You feel uncomfortable for Ardant's character, like why are you doing this to yourself, but conversely, absolutely compelling viewing. Uniquely French cinema. High quality stuff the interactions of these two very different, and very sexual women. Highly recommend.
Interesting to watch the dynamics between husband, wife and the supposed 'other woman'. Gerard Depardieu gives an unusually measured performance as the husband although Fanny Ardent and Emmanuelle Beart play the predominant roles. A simple storyline which holds the attention throughout due to the seamless acting ability of the main stars.
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