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Nathalie... (2003)

Nathalie is the name a Parisian prostitute assumes for a special mission or "private investigation." She is engaged in this unusual and secretive task by a professional, upper-middle-class ... See full summary »

Director:

Anne Fontaine

Writers:

Philippe Blasband (original idea), Jacques Fieschi | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Ardant ... Catherine
Emmanuelle Béart ... Nathalie / Marlène
Gérard Depardieu ... Bernard
Wladimir Yordanoff ... François
Judith Magre ... La mère de Catherine
Rodolphe Pauly Rodolphe Pauly ... Le fils
Évelyne Dandry Évelyne Dandry ... La patronne du bar
Christian Päffgen Christian Päffgen ... L'homme d'un soir (as Ari Päffgen)
Aurore Auteuil Aurore Auteuil ... La patiente de Catherine
Idit Cebula Idit Cebula ... Ghislaine
Sasha Rucavina Sasha Rucavina ... Marianne (as Sacha Rukavina)
Macha Polikarpova Macha Polikarpova ... Ingrid
Marie Adam Marie Adam ... La secrétaire médicale
Sophie Séfériadès Sophie Séfériadès ... Une autre patiente
Serge Onteniente Serge Onteniente ... L'agent immobilier (as Serge Onteniente-Boutleroff)
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Storyline

Nathalie is the name a Parisian prostitute assumes for a special mission or "private investigation." She is engaged in this unusual and secretive task by a professional, upper-middle-class wife who fears that her husband is unfaithful to her. Nathalie has to seduce the clueless husband and regularly report all details of her relationship with him, including his most intimate sexual preferences in bed. Nathalie is stunning, charming, and cunning. Can Nathalie and her reports to the mistrustful wife be trusted? Is the middle aged husband indeed unfaithful? Written by luiza do brasil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Can you ever control another person's sexuality?

Genres:

Drama

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Official Sites:

KOCH Lorber Films

Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French | Hungarian

Release Date:

7 January 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Nathalie X See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,172,635 (France), 9 January 2004

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,351, 16 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,838, 7 May 2006
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Movie Chloe was inspired by this film. See more »

Quotes

Catherine: Jealousy, for men, it's a reflex!
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NATHALIE... (Anne Fontaine, 2003) **1/2
11 September 2006 | by MARIO GAUCISee all my reviews

Despite good work from the three main leads (particularly the women), this is yet another self-satisfied would-be mature study of sexual mores in modern bourgeois French society. A man (Gerard Depardieu) who admits to his wife (Fanny Ardant) of having an occasional fling, is tricked by the latter in falling for a luscious stripper (an overage but still stunning Emmanuelle Beart) posing as the fictitious titular character. The ruse seems to work, with Ardant getting the sleazy lowdown from Beart soon after her every clandestine meeting with Depardieu. But everything is not as it seems...

Starting from the far-fetched premise that a woman would go to all that trouble to win her straying husband back, why should she then still act so coldly to him in private? Actually, I was expecting Ardant to adopt Beart's tricks-of-the-trade in her nightly dealings with Depardieu and not going out and having her own little flings. Anyway, the film is too episodically structured to be anything but a series of tale-telling (in the frankest possible manner, as can be expected from the French) of illicit rendezvous and one grows impatient with the film once he realizes that it's going nowhere very slowly.

As I said, however, the acting is top-notch and Michael Nyman's score is typically arresting. Being that the film is directed by a woman, I suppose that some sort of pro-feminist statement is being made here but, personally, I was far more intrigued by the tantalizing promise (on the DVD sleeve) of watching Beart's routines as a stripper - of which there were far too few (and far too chaste to boot for my liking), alas...


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