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Director:
Writers:
Denis Dercourt (scenario and dialogue)
Jacques Sotty (collaboration)
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Release Date:
9 August 2006 (Belgium) See more »
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Tagline:
Revenge is a dish best served cold
Plot:
The girl Mélanie Prouvost is the beloved daughter of the butchers Mrs. Prouvost and Mr. Prouvost. She... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Catherine Frot ... Ariane

Déborah François ... Mélanie
Pascal Greggory ... M. Fouchécourt
Clotilde Mollet ... Virginie
Xavier De Guillebon ... Laurent

Christine Citti ... Mme Prouvost
Jacques Bonnaffé ... M. Prouvost
Antoine Martynciow ... Tristan
Julie Richalet ... Mélanie enfant
Martine Chevallier ... Mme Onfray
André Marcon ... M. Werker
Arièle Butaux ... Présentatrice radio
Michèle Ernou ... Monique
Danièle Douet ... Femme autographe
Mark Reed ... Mc Guerman (as Marc Reed)
Jean Chrétien ... Mathias
François Rosolato ... Jury conservatoire
Alexis Monceaux ... Jury conservatoire
Jacques Sotty ... Jury conservatoire
Catherine Lebaigue ... Jury conservatoire
Frédéric Moulin ... Appariteur conservatoire
Émilie Reignier ... Tourneuse remplaçante
Marion Sicre ... Assistante M. Werker
Pomme Bourcart ... Jeune fille autographe
Juliette Bône ... Pianiste conservatoire
Caroline Mathieu ... Avocate
Moussa Ag Assarid ... Brancardier (as Moussa Ag-Assarid)
Karim Adelis ... Brancardier
Danièle Renaud ... Infirmière
Julie Primot ... Vendeuse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
François Guillaume ... Le médecin (uncredited)
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Directed by
Denis Dercourt 
 
Writing credits
Denis Dercourt (scenario and dialogue)

Jacques Sotty (collaboration)

Produced by
Tom Dercourt .... executive producer
Michel Saint-Jean .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jérôme Lemonnier 
 
Cinematography by
Jérôme Peyrebrune (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
François Gédigier 
 
Casting by
Brigitte Moidon 
 
Production Design by
Antoine Platteau 
 
Costume Design by
Antoine Platteau 
 
Makeup Department
Véronique Delmestre .... makeup artist
Chantal Leothier .... key makeup artist (as Chantal Léothier)
 
Production Management
Benoît Baverel .... assistant unit manager
Charles Besnard .... assistant production manager
Sarah Blanc .... assistant production manager
Emmanuelle Jacobson-Roques .... unit manager trainee
Yann Jouannic .... unit manager trainee
Jérôme Petament .... unit production manager (as Jérôme Pétament)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sophie Erbs .... second assistant director
Juliette Mabille .... third assistant director
Rafaele Ravinet-Virbel .... first assistant director (as Rafaèle Ravinet-Virbel)
 
Art Department
Laurent Baude .... assistant art director
David Faivre .... assistant art director
Camille Guillon .... property master
Antoine Platteau .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Vladislav Boyadjiev .... ProTools operator
Olivier Dô Hùu .... sound re-recording mixer
Olivier Ferrari .... assistant sound editor
Eric Grattepain .... foley artist
Benoît Hillebrant .... sound editor
Alain Lévy .... post-synchronization
Olivier Mauvezin .... sound recordist
Olivier Mauvezin .... sound
Antoine Mercier .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Chollet .... steadicam operator
Aurélien Dubois .... second assistant camera
Joseph Emiélot .... grip
Nicolas Juge .... electrician
Philippe Quaisse .... still photographer
Olivier Rodriguez .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joyce A. Nashawati .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
Guerric Catala .... assistant editor
Esther Frey .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra .... orchestra
Vincent Coq .... musician
Asen Kanchev .... music production manager
Jérôme Lemonnier .... musician: piano
Jérôme Lemonnier .... orchestrator
Deyan Pavlov .... conductor
Fréderic Petit .... musician
Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian .... musician
Trio Wanderer .... musician
Fréderic Visconte .... musician
 
Other crew
Dimitri Billecocq .... location scout
Sarah Blanc .... production secretary
Marie-Christine Damiens .... press attache
Véronique Hallot .... administrator
Vincent Ooghe .... production assistant
Jeremy Pronier .... production assistant
Harmel Sbraire .... acting coach: children
Stéphane Talagrand .... location scout
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La tourneuse de pages" - France (original title)
"Turning Pages" - Singapore (English title)
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Runtime:
USA:85 min | France:85 min | Argentina:85 min
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Trivia:
Visa d'exploitation en France # 11609.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the last dinner the bottle of wine changes from the left to the right between shots.See more »
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54 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Music and murderous tension, 16 February 2007
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Director Denis Dercourt is also an accomplished classical musician. His previous film with a musical background, the 2002 My Children Are Different, was the austere study of a parent who was brutally demanding of his musical children to the point of revolt. Clearly Dercourt is interested in how musicians may suffer – the demanding hours of practice, the merciless competition, the terrifying concert night with its inevitable accompaniment of 'le trac' (stagefright) – and how the musician's suffering may engender suffering in others. In The Page Turner there's someone whose whole life has seemed ruined by musical frustration, and there's also someone with a horrible case of 'le trac.' Dercourt successfully combines the tension of vicariously experienced performance anxiety with the suspense of awaiting an act of revenge to be unleashed. In this film, all is bright and clear on the surface, but a mere walk down a corridor to an indoor pool can be heavy with foreboding.

This is a somber and elegant film less rich in detail than My Children Are Different but more intensely focused. While My Children was a coming-of-age story with a dark look into familial musical ambitions and their toll on children, this is a flat-out psychological revenge thriller, but completely set in a musical world. In The Page Turner Mélanie, a young butcher's daughter with serious musical ambitions, fails an audition because of the behavior of one of the judges, an egocentric pianist, Ariane (Catherine Frot) and from then on gives up her piano ambitions forever. Years later Mélanie (Déborah François, of the Dardennes' L'Infant) temporarily clerks for a wealthy lawyer, Monsieur Fouchecourt (Pascal Greggory), and also volunteers to care for his son Tristan (Antoine Martynchiow) during her vacation. Reporting to the château where Fouchecourt lives, she finds that her boss's wife is none other than Ariane. She immediately sets out to gain the unsuspecting Ariane's confidence – easy, since Ariane has recently lost all her confidence due to a serious car accident and needs all the extra support she can get. Before you can say "cadenza," Mélanie has become indispensable as Ariane's page turner for important concerts. Mélanie also wins Tristan's affection and becomes important to Ariane in more subtle ways. The only person she doesn't seduce is the cool, aloof Greggory. Eventually in the isolation of the château almost all the attention is on Adriane and Mélanie, but there are a few other small but important details. A cellist gets flirty with Mélanie and she punishes him severely. Tristan likes to practice holding his breath under water and when Mélanie challenges him in that and urges him to play a Bach piece faster than is good for his hands – all these things take on an ominous feel. We know there is going to be a breaking point when Mélanie will bring down Ariane's world, but we don't' know how or where the destruction's coming: Dercourt is continually bringing the tension to a tighter pitch by keeping us guessing.

Frot gives a fascinating performance and François too is effectively used, so still and tightly wound she seems able to inspire confidence or destroy it with a blink of her pretty eye. The action is less violent but the spirit of Chabrol hovers over this piece, which uses sweeping music and women fainting as in a Forties melodrama – and most successfully so. Frot, who has played ditsy women very successfully before, is beautiful and imposing here. A weakness of the film is that her character, while obviously wooden and egocentric in some ways – with her son, for instance – is a little too sympathetic for us to welcome her victimization. But the pleasure of Dercourt is in the discomfort he so elegantly arouses.

This is the cool side of the French personality. Dercourt's people seem curiously wooden most of the time – like Auteuil's character in Un coeur en hiver, they seem to live in a continual winter of the spirit – but within the world of austere elegance and musical dedication that he creates, somehow that woodenness becomes believable and even moving.

The Page Turner has received one musical and two acting César nominations: Jérôme Lemonnier for the composition, Catherine Frot for best actress, and Déborah Francois (of the Dardennes' The Child) for most promising young actress of 2006. Dercourt works in an area that he's intimately familiar with and knows how to create a mood. He also likes to use musically gifted youngsters in his films and the boy, Tristan, is one of those. Pascal Greggory plays Frot's husband with appropriately unctuous elegance. He's exactly the man she deserves.

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