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April 12, 2007

The Page Turner (La tourneuse de pages)

La_tourneuse_de_pagesStyle wins out over content in this delectable low-key French thriller by director Denis Dercourt. The story is about Melanie (Julie Richalet), a young would-be pianist who stores up her anger for years over a slight bestowed on her by music conservatory professor Ariane Fouchecourt (Catherine Frot). Ariane interrupts Melanie’s audition recital to sign an autograph for a fan, causing Melanie to lose focus and blow the tryout. Melanie, now in her early ‘20s, gives up piano forever but comes back to haunt Ariane, when she is hired as a nanny to Ariane and her husband in their well-appointed mansion. Melanie extracts her revenge with a subtle and elegant flair that leaves barely a trace yet plenty of damage.

Not Rated. 86 mins. (B-) (Three Stars)




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