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La tourneuse de pages (2006)

The girl Mélanie Prouvost is the beloved daughter of the butchers Mrs. Prouvost and Mr. Prouvost. She is an aspirant pianist and her parents make her application to the Conservatory. During... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascal Greggory ...
M. Fouchécourt
Clotilde Mollet ...
Xavier De Guillebon ...
Mme Prouvost
Jacques Bonnaffé ...
M. Prouvost
Antoine Martynciow ...
Julie Richalet ...
Mélanie enfant
Martine Chevallier ...
Mme Onfray
André Marcon ...
M. Werker
Arièle Butaux ...
Michèle Ernou ...
Danièle Douet ...
Femme autographe
Mark Reed ...
Mc Guerman (as Marc Reed)


The girl Mélanie Prouvost is the beloved daughter of the butchers Mrs. Prouvost and Mr. Prouvost. She is an aspirant pianist and her parents make her application to the Conservatory. During the entrance exam, she begins with a great performance but she is distracted by one member of the admittance board, Ariane, and she fails. Years later, Mélanie is a teenager that has just finished high-school and she is accepted as intern of the law firm owned by the prominent lawyer Mr. Fouchécourt. Mélanie overhears that he needs someone to take care of his son Tristan and she offers to the position. She needs to travel to another town and when she arrives at the manor, she is welcomed by Ariane, who is the wife of Mr. Fouchécourt. She does not recognize Mélanie and soon she becomes Ariane's page turner, in the beginning of her carefully planned revenge against the woman that destroyed her dreams. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Revenge is a dish best served cold


Drama | Music | Thriller


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Release Date:

9 August 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La cambiadora de páginas  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$18,844 (USA) (23 March 2007)


$206,647 (USA) (15 June 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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During the radio concert at one point a hand can be seen reflected in the piano beating time, despite the fact that the group is shown to be performing without a conductor. In the subsequent shot, showing the opposite side of the piano, the dolly track, and the foot of a camera operator sitting on the dolly can be seen reflected in the piano. See more »


Referenced in Rolf De Heer (2008) See more »


Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Trio Wanderer (Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, violon, Raphaël Pidoux,
violoncelle, Vincent Coq, piano)
Harmonia Mundi France
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The Page Turner
7 January 2007 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is a French movie and why I selected to see this movie was because it was running for a long time in Amsterdam. I thought that it must be a good movie. I had seen the trailer earlier and as I do not understand French I found it to be a homely movie. But that was not the case, when I read the reviews before seeing the movie – I understood that it was a thriller.

So I got more interested and went to see it. The usher of the hall – looked like did not expect a colored Asian to come and see this movie – may be she did not see any in its 14 week run in the theatres. So when she saw me – she stopped me to check whether I am entering the right hall or not – and yes I was – I was going to see a French movie – La tourneuse de pages – meaning the turning of pages.

It is a beautifully told story about a young gifted girl who is a very good piano player. She wants to get admission in a music school – but fails at the admission test because one of the lady jury member is arrogant not to give an autograph to her mother, but to show off in front of other jury members – gives autograph to someone in the middle of this girls performance; in turn unintentionally distracting her and loosing her concentration, ending up not being selected. This leaves a deep scarce inside this girl's mind, who abandons playing piano.

The next scene spans after 10 years, when this girl is grown up and is appointed to work in a lawyer's firm. The owner of the firm is the husband of that female jury member because of whom this girl was not able to pursue her interest in music - playing piano. The remaining part of the story is about this young girl's revenge to this lady jury member. The young girl is played by beautiful Deborah Francois – who plays every emotion of the innocent young girl's character with perfect ease and comfort. All the credit to the director Denis Dercourt who uses images to transfer the thoughts going on the character's mind with such ease on screen. The story unfolds – we as audience expecting what are the next thing this girl is going to do? I would not tell the tactic the girl uses – it is really very interesting and people who want to study the portrayal of psychological intent on screen – should study the scenes, characters and the on screen incidents.

At the end of the movie – I was actually waiting for something more to happen and was disappointed that the movie got over so fast. Full credit to the other character of the lady jury member – Catherine Frot – who has displayed a decent, typically wealthy lady's character – by going into the skin of what this elite people do or behave.

Worth watching.

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