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Double Lover (2017)

L'amant double (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 26 May 2017 (France)
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Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity.

Director:

François Ozon

Writers:

François Ozon (scenario), Joyce Carol Oates (freely adapted from the novel "Lives of the Twins") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marine Vacth ... Chloé
Jérémie Renier ... Paul et Louis
Jacqueline Bisset ... Mme Schenker et la mère de Chloé
Myriam Boyer Myriam Boyer ... Rose
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... La gynécologue et Agnès Wexler
Fanny Sage Fanny Sage ... Sandra Schenker
Jean-Édouard Bodziak Jean-Édouard Bodziak ... Le jeune psychanalyste
Antoine de La Morinerie Antoine de La Morinerie ... Psychanalyste 1
Jean-Paul Muel Jean-Paul Muel ... Psychanalyste 2
Keisley Gauthier Keisley Gauthier ... Jumeau enfant
Tchaz Gauthier Tchaz Gauthier ... Jumeau enfant
Clemence Trocque Clemence Trocque ... Jumelle au rouge à lèvres (as Clémence Trocque)
Pascal Aubert Pascal Aubert ... Policier (voice)
Guillaume Le Pape Guillaume Le Pape ... Doublure Paul et Louis
Benoît Giros Benoît Giros ... Doublure Paul et Louis
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Disenchanted with the ephemeral glamour of the modelling world, Chloé, a vulnerable Parisian woman of 25, is convinced that the severe and persistent abdominal pains she's been suffering, stem mainly from a psychosomatic disorder. As a result, the reserved beauty will soon find herself on the couch of the charming therapist, Dr Paul Meyer, nevertheless, the mutual and unfailing sexual attraction between them will make it impossible to continue with the therapy. Before long, the ecstatic, yet unexplored lovers will move in together, however, Paul's obscure past will inevitably lead Chloé to the conclusion that there's definitely more to him than meets the eye. Is the doe-eyed woman lured into a world of hallucinations and dream-like sequences? Written by Nick Riganas

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Deception is Part of the Attraction


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Language:

French

Release Date:

26 May 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Lover See more »

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$167,581, 19 April 2018
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2.35 : 1
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Adapted from a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, named "Lives of the Twins". See more »

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[first lines]
La gynécologue: Am I hurting you?
Chloé Fortin: No.
La gynécologue: Are you sure?
Chloé Fortin: Yes.
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As Long As I Have You
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Game of mirrors
10 July 2017 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

One reason I'd like to see 'L'Amant Double' for a second time, is just to count the number of scenes featuring mirrors. A rough estimate: somewhere between twenty and thirty. Sometimes there are two or three mirror scenes in a time span of just a few minutes. A few of them really stand out in a cinematographic way. In one scene, we see a conversation between two people, but it seems as if they are talking to each other's mirror image: they are never shown talking directly to each other.

The symbolism of it all is clear. In 'L'Amant Double', lead character Chloé is in love with twin brothers. At least, that's what she thinks. And that's what we think. Unless the twins are really two sides of the same personality. But two sides of which personality exactly? His, or a projection of hers? What is real, what is imagined? Director François Ozon plays the game of mirrors perfectly, and keeps it up until the very end. When you think it's all clear, there are still some strange things. Which one of the twin brothers was the smoker again?

The film is very stylish. Ozon has made the most of the locations. In the museum where Chloé works as a guard, outrageous art is being exposed. It's a perfect backdrop for some visually beautiful scenes. The clothing, the hairdo's, the furniture: everything is done in the best of Parisian tastes.

There's much to enjoy in 'L'Amant Double', for different kinds of moviegoers. It is a thriller of some sorts, with the suspense building up until the last few minutes. It's also a psychological drama, with lots of twists and turns. And in the very end, there's even a little bit of horror. But overall, this is a very French film, with some kinky scenes and a nice amount of Parisian elegance.


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