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Chloe

Year: 2010
Production Co: Studio Canal
Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Erin Cressida Wilson
Cast: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson

What surprised me the most was the subtle blending of European and American film styles, moving smoothly from the former to the latter as the story went on.

It's usually directors from the continental EU (mostly France) who unapologetically display the naked curves of a winsome young actress in soft lighting as a plot device. In this case it's the mouth watering Amanda Seyfried, whose beauty has only been hinted at in humdrum, PG-rated romcoms so far.

Heightening the hot quotient is the never-sexier Julianne Moore. They exist in a chic world of trendy cafes, intellectual careers and stunning homemaking, also with the very French trope of a beautiful life masking sexual jealousy underneath.

When the lady becomes convinced her handsome, flirtatious husband (Neeson) is cheating on her with every cute student he teaches, she hires the young ingénue to seduce him so she can be sure, Cosi Fan Tutte style.

But the stories of their trysts the young woman reports back with affect her more than she bargains for, and it isn't long before she ends up cheating with the hooker herself – in the sort of scene you'll want to endlessly replay (like Naomi Watts and Laura Harring in Mulholland Drive).

But when she tries to break it off it turns a little more American, and though there's hardly any violence and not so much as a raised hand, you expect it to turn all Fatal Attraction every minute as the young woman refuses to believe it was just a fling.

While it's definitely not for action fans, it nicely blends an Yves Saint Laurent-esque style with a Hitchcockian thriller. And it's worth waiting for any amount of time to see a single inch of the pants-burstingly gorgeous Seyfried's body.

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