The Page Turner details
|Starring:||Martine Chevallier, Andr? Marcon, Aričle Buteaux, Catherine Frot, Pascal Greggory, Ari?le Buteaux, Jacques Bonnaffe, x, Deborah Francois, Andre Marcon, Antoine Martynciow, Julie Richalet, Clotilde Mollet, Christine Citti, Xavier De Guillebon, Xavier De Guillebon /|
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The Page Turner
|Run time:||1 hour 22 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Mar 2007|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
This acclaimed and emotionally taut thriller stars Deborah Francois as Melanie, a young woman whose love of music turns into a passion for revenge.
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The Page TurnerBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 02 Dec 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]At 10 Melanie (Played as an 18 year old by Francois) is a gifted pianist. She goes to take a piano exam and is doing fine until an autograph hunter comes into the room to get a signiature from one examiner (Frot) and Melaine's performance comes to a halt. Her concentration blown she messes up on restarting an fails the exam, then promptly gives up piano.
At 18 Melanie is working for a lawyer (Greggory) when she discovers he needs an au pair for a month she asks for the job and is promptly hired. On arriving she finds that the Ariane, lawyer's wife, is the very examiner who threw her confidence years ago. Ariane and her trio are working up to a hugely important concert and Ariane needs a page turner, when she finds that Melanie can read music she enlists her as turner for the concert.
I have to be careful what I say here because anything I reveal about this film risks spoiling its twists and turns so there will be no further talk of plot.
The premise of The Page Turner hardly seems like the recipe for a taut thriller but don't let that decieve you. There may be little actually happening most of the time but this only lets Dercourt create a chilling atmosphere and play with your imaginings of the possibilities. He takes Hitchcock's maxim that the recipe for thrills is to give the audience more knowledge than the characters and certainly the fact that you know who Melanie is while Ariane does not is a cornerstone of the film.
What takes this beyond an efficent aping of directors like Hitchcock, Chabrol and, more recently, Michael Haneke is the extraordinary cast.
Deborah Francois, just 19 years old, is a revelation. With her long blonde hair, penetrating eyes and cut glass beauty her look is tailor made for a Hitchcock film but it's her acting that impresses most. She gives a beautifully subtle performance which will have you pondering throughout the film, and perhaps beyond the closing credits, what the character's true feelings are and how much of what transpires was planned.
Francois is matched by an excellent Catherine Frot, giving a restrained performance in a role that could easily have slipped into histrionics. Pascal Greggory, though a little sidelined by the plot, is also strong.
Dercourt sets a stately pace but tempers it with the odd shock. There's just one instance of violence, brief but painful (though not explcit) it will elicit gasps from any audience. By setting his film up like this Dercourt makes the whole thing hum with tension.
The Page Turner is what I love best about cinema. Every now and then something you had no expectations for (I almost went to something else instead) will sneak up on you and proceed to blow you away, this is that rare film
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The archetypal French pot-boilerBy Noseyjoe (167 reviews) from London , 01 Jun 2010There is something ageless about this kind of French film, which recalls 19th century melodramas of the kind we associate with Emile Zola. A fatal character flaw destroys the central character, who is undone by greed or avarice or jealousy or some other deadly sin, usually aided and abetted by a malevolent figure with their own axe to grind. Such is the scenario here, with the bitter and twisted page-turner wreaking her eventual revenge on the concert pianist who (unwittingly) undermined her own career many years before. Beautifully constructed, with some great piano pieces I'd not heard before, yet this quality juxtaposed with an essentially preposterous premise makes it hard not to giggle at the tragic denouement
The Page TurnerBy hmibennett (59 reviews) from Thoralby, near Leyburn (North Yorks) , 29 Mar 2010It may put some people off to describe this as a typically French film - but it is, and a great one! Studied characters, apparent normality - and yet, by the end, you're wondering, what (or who) is normal? Who are the people who can be trusted here? What are all the threads that connect them? Excellent central performances and wonderful photography, with an enigmatic but not unsatisfying ending.
The Page TurnerBy a customer from southampton , 03 Mar 2010A really good film with lots of twists.
Subtle revengeBy Chantal (1124 reviews) from London , 13 Feb 2010Until the end we don't know how she will do it and that makes it a long and maybe 'boring' film but stick to the end and you will see how it all works out.
The ReaderBy Maharajgung (1 review) from Holt , 18 Jan 2010As good as the book I think. Very well made film, good acting, good cinematography. a must see.