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La tourneuse de pages (2006)

Unrated | | Drama, Music, Thriller | 9 August 2006 (France)
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:
... Ariane
... Mélanie
Pascal Greggory ... M. Fouchécourt
Clotilde Mollet ... Virginie
Xavier de Guillebon ... Laurent
... 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)
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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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Also Known As:

La cambiadora de páginas  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,844, 23 March 2007, Limited Release

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$206,647, 17 June 2007
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Visa d'exploitation en France # 11609. See more »

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Melanie encourages Tristan to learn a specific Bach Prelude as a surprise for his father's return; at the actual concert, he plays something else (a composition for this movie, I believe). See more »

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Referenced in Rolf De Heer (2008) See more »

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Notturno
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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Vengeance served very very cold
3 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Melanie Prouvost (Deborah Francois) is a girl who really knows how to hold a grudge. Aged 10 she sees her prospects of a musical career go up in smoke at a piano recital when she is distracted by one of the judges, Ariane Fouchecourt (Catherine Frot), a famous pianist who thoughtlessly signs an autograph while Melanie is playing. After this failure Melanie refuses ever to play the piano again.

A decade on and Melanie, while interning at a law firm, gets the opportunity to become a live in nanny for her boss's son. Needless to say the boss's wife turns out to be none other than Ariane.

From hereon in the film plays on our uncertainty as to precisely how and to what extent Melanie intends to take her vengeance against the emotionally fragile Ariane, who of course is totally oblivious to their prior encounter. Is Melanie truly a cruel and beautiful ice maiden out for limitless revenge, or does she have a heart after all? The film keeps the tension going playfully and subtly, helped in no small measure by excellent performances from Catherine Frot and Deborah Francois. In fact about the only criticisms I can think to make are that the script could possibly have fleshed out Melanie's motivations just a little more fully, and also that there were several continuity errors regarding Melanie's dress. I don't often notice such errors, but in this case they involved the sudden disappearance of Deborah Francois' delectable cleavage, which I felt myself compelled to keep a close eye on throughout. A very minor quibble with an otherwise accomplished film.


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