Friday 05 March 2010
Julianne Moore stars in this (uncredited) remake of the erotic thriller Nathalie, playing a Toronto gynaecologist who fears that hunky lecturer husband Liam Neeson is playing away.
She conceives the frankly bizarre idea of hiring call-girl Amanda Seyfried to seduce him and thus secure evidence of what she believes to be his philandering ways, but the plan goes awry as the two women discover that they are more attracted to each other. The whiff of cheesiness coming off this would be neither here nor there if you didn't know it was directed by Atom Egoyan, whose work, despite occasional mis-steps (the recent Adoration), has generally aspired to a high moral and narrative complexity. There are interesting scenes here, but they are subordinate to an atmosphere of sexual trespass more suited to the likes of Adrian Lyne.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant