2010-04-16 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

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‘Chloe’ – Fatal Family
By Robert Snyder

“Chloe” takes the “Fatal Attraction” concept one (or two) steps further. The sexual predator in the recent film doesn’t settle for simply seducing the husband. Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) takes on the entire family — wife and son included.

Based on the 2004 French thriller, “Nathalie,” “Chloe” unravels its “Fatal” twist under the sure direction of Atom Egoyan, who has traveled in secret sex worlds before with 1994’s “Exotica.”

Flirtatious music professor David Stewart (Liam Neeson) accidentally on purpose misses a flight from New York City to his Toronto home, where his gynecologist wife, Catherine (Julianne Moore), awaits with an elaborate surprise birthday party. The party snub and a suspicious text message lead Catherine further down the road of mid-life misery in wonder of whether David is following through on his flirts.

After a close encounter with call girl Chloe in the ladies room of an upscale restaurant, Catherine hires her to test David’s allegiance.

As time passes, the mistrustful wife receives regular reports of increasing levels of adultery between her call-girl client and husband. Catherine can’t seem to stop the trysts, experiencing a strange vicarious turn-on from the sex stories.

However, Chloe sees something else, love for her from Catherine. And before long, that love is consummated.

Then, there’s the teenage son, Michael (Max Thierot), who has gotten in the habit of bringing girls home to bed. Soon, Chloe is one of them.

It’s easy to see how this trois ménage mess would work well in a French film.

Americans tend to take a Puritanical view, which means someone has pay for breaking sexual taboos.

As in “Fatal,” the predator pays the price…although not that of the admission ticket, which is the fate of the innocent audience member.

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