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Chloe is a 2010 film by Canadian director Atom Egoyan, starring Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, and Liam Neeson. It is a loose remake of a 2003 French film, Nathalie..., which starred Gérard Depardieu and Emmanuelle Béart.

Set in Toronto, Canada, the film follows Catherine Stewart (Moore), a successful gynecologist, who is married to David (Neeson), an opera expert with the distressing habit of flirting with virtually any other woman he encounters. Meanwhile, their son becomes increasingly difficult to control, leaving Catherine feeling alienated in her own house. After David misses a birthday party, Catherine becomes especially suspicious that he is cheating on her. This leads to the very bad idea of hiring a prostitute that she had encountered earlier (Seyfried) to test David's resolve. Soon, Chloe is graphically describing her encounters with David to Catherine. But it becomes increasingly clear that David isn't the one Chloe is interested in...


The film attracted some early notice for very tragic reasons: Liam Neeson was in the middle of filming it when his wife Natasha Richardson died in a skiing accident.

This movie provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In Nathalie, the French film that served as the basis for this one, Catherine and Nathalie's relationship never goes beyond Unresolved Sexual Tension, nor is there a mother-daughter element, nor does Nathalie go dangerously crazy for Catherine.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Implied but not explicitly shown with Catherine who is taking a long hot shower after hearing Chloe's explicit details of her trysts with David, and as she fantasizes about such, continues to move her shower head down....
  • All Men Are Perverts: Initially looks like this is in full effect, but scaled back a bit as David never actually cheated; he just thought about it, a lot.
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  • Batman Gambit: Chloe's scheme ends as soon as Catherine decides that she is done testing her husband. Chloe has to play off of Catherine's insecurity and arousal to keep it rolling.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Crucified villain shot, although YMMV big time over whether she's the villain.
  • Death by Adaptation: Chloe dies at the end, whereas her French analogue Nathalie survives her film unscathed.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Guess who! There's no wrong answer!
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Arguably, the plot of the film. Perhaps also a meta-example, since many viewers of the film see Catherine as victimized by and justified in killing her mentally unbalanced stalker, instead of as a manipulative and selfish narcissist who kills her emotionally troubled, much younger, much poorer mistress when she becomes inconvenient. In other words, Chloe was disposable for much of the audience.
  • Fanservice: While nudity is somewhat expected in an erotic thriller, Amanda Seyfried just can't seem to keep her clothes on.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Deconstructed quite extensively. While Catherine is driven to find out about her husband's infidelities, she is, all the same, turned on by the recounting of the details. When David hears about Catherine sleeping with Chloe, he doesn't seem all that upset at all. Of course, he IS a man and men often like that sort of thing.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Chloe is so emotionally distraught by Catherine's rejection of her that she threatens to kill herself then threatens to kill Catherine with her hair pin unless she chooses to be with her.
  • Love Father, Love Son: A gender-flipped version of this, with Chloe, Catherine and Catherine's son Michael. After Catherine ends her affair with Chloe so she could repair her marriage, Chloe meets then seduces Michael, Catherine and David's son in order to gain access to the inside of Catherine's house. While Michael immediately believes Chloe's actions as her having feelings for him as he does for her and even considered her his 'new girlfriend' after their tryst together, Chloe, on the other hand, only has feelings for Catherine and was willing to seduce Michael in order to get closer to his mother.
  • Love Triangle: David, Catherine and Chloe, though luckily it's resolved quickly by the end. A second variety is Catherine, Chloe and Catherine's son Michael.
  • Platonic Prostitution: Initially, Catherine pays Chloe just to meet her husband at a cafe and see if he flirts with her. Later subverted.
  • Relationship-Salvaging Disaster: David and Catherine who, after everything they've been through, are seen embracing each other after Chloe kills herself in their house.
  • The Reveal: Chloe never actually met with David, and was lying to Catherine about all of their encounters.
  • Spurned into Suicide: Chloe, who willingly lets go of the window she's holding onto and falls to her death after Catherine choose to save her marriage over being with Chloe.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The title character.
  • Television Geography: Averted. Toronto usually doubles for other cities; this time around it's playing itself. Egoyan has said that he intentionally set as many scenes at well-known Toronto landmarks as possible (seriously, if went to the University of Toronto or work in Downtown Toronto, you've probably walked by every filming location in the movie), in reaction to all those films shot in generic Toronto locales to hide the fact that they are in Toronto.
  • The Unfair Sex: If Catherine had been a man who had an affair with someone young enough to be his daughter, only to push her out a window when she became emotionally attached and refused to take money to just go away, he would probably be much less sympathetic than she is as a woman.


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