Thursday, June 07, 2007


After showing the rich warm and often fuzzy compilation film Paris, je t'aime last week, this week promises an equally French, but much chillier film. The Page Turner is a thriller with no action, but always the threat of something bad happening. Opening shots of a young girl furiously practicing on her piano are intercut with her parents (who are butchers) chopping and handling raw meat. You know things are not going to go well.

The film adds a menacing layer to the simple act of trusting someone. It underscores the need for acceptance and praise from peers and teachers. Furthermore, how it takes so many people to do even the simplest of things, and if one chooses not to play their role, the entire social fabric can easily unravel. Things could have easily degenerated into trash like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle or Ricochet, but director Denis Dercourt instead choses to highlight the body language of two fantastic and subtle actresses, young and well groomed Déborah François and elder and dignified Catherine Frot. One character has a reason to hate the other, but you are never sure whether or not that hatred will be acted upon. Watch the hands and the eyes of these two women and you will see the film.

Come out Thursday night for this subtle and fantastic little gem. If you liked Hard Candy or Swimming Pool, this film will be your cup of tea. Drinks at 8. Trailers and Showtime at 8:30pm.