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Directed by Atom Egoyan
Everyone’s entitled to a midlife crisis, and the filmmaker Atom Egoyan is no exception. The Armenian-Canadian filmmaker (who made that great movie “The Sweet Hereafter” from the novel by Russell Banks) and who has also made a number of near-great films – you can go to the Internet Movie Data Base and then to Netflix to check them out – has now had his own midlife crisis film, and it’s called “Chloe.”
What’s a midlife crisis film? It’s when you can make all your fantasies come true – lots of sex, lots of titillation about sex, a longtime marriage apparently breaking apart, and two scrumptious actresses to act out all your fantasies: Julianne Moore, for those of us of a certain age; and Amanda Seyfried for those who aren’t. And for the heterosexual women, there’s Liam Neeson, whom frankly I don’t find attractive, because he’s almost completely asexual. Bad casting.
It’s Liam’s birthday and Julianne has made a surprise party for him when he comes home to Toronto on a flight from New York. Only he doesn’t take that flight and the party withers on the vine. Is he having an affair? Julianne spots a call girl (Chloe, played by Amanda Seyfried) and decides to test Liam’s will and fidelity. She makes contact with Chloe, pays her and asks her to try and seduce Liam. Well, guess what? I won’t give it away. But then Julianne finds herself turned on by Chloe, and one thing leads to another and you know what happens. Oh, and I forgot to mention that Julianne and Liam have a son, Michael, who’s in the habit of bringing his girlfriends home for the night, and guess who spends a night with Michael?
As I say, “Chloe” is a middle-aged filmmaker’s dream. I’m happy for Mr. Egoyan, and I hope he gets back to making serious films soon. Oh, by the way, you may have noticed that Julianne Moore has a wonderfully freckled face. But she seems not to have freckles covering the rest of her. Or maybe they used a body double; we’ll never know.