Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Have you seen a lot of erotic thrillers? Exotica, 9 1/2 Weeks, or the one that Chloe (2009) is based on, Nathalie (2003)? IMDb has a list.
This remake was done by Atom Egoyan, who is Canadian and has rather a European sensibility to his films. The new screenplay is by Erin Cressida Wilson, whose previous work includes the screenplay of Secretary and Fur: An imaginary portrait of Diane Arbus. In the commentary, they talk a lot about the decision to use Toronto as itself in this film. They also discuss the use of reflection in mirrors, windows and other surfaces. Trying to find yourself in someone else is rather a universal action, and often goes hand-in-hand with mid-life crises. What's interesting about this is that the wife is the one discontent with her life, trying to figure out what to do, how to become more herself, instead of the husband.
Again, I can't comment on how the original compares with the remake, due to not having seen the French film, but I enjoyed the newer version, and it made me think about the topics within, even beyond the viewing of it.