Reviewed by: Cornelius Christian
CONTRIBUTOR—first time reviewer
Adultery in the Bible
Should I save sex for marriage? Answer
How can I deal with temptations? Answer
What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer
TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer
GAY—What’s wrong with being gay? Answer
Homosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone’s business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?
What about gays needs to change? Answer
It may not be what you think.
Read stories about those who have struggled with homosexuality
Are we living in a moral Stone Age? Answer
How do I know what is right from wrong? Answer
How can I decide whether a particular activity—such as smoking, gambling, etc.—is wrong? Answer
What do Hollywood celebrities believe about spiritual issues? Find out
Why is there a disconnect between Hollywood and the rest of America? Answer
What is being done to change the values of Hollywood? Answer
How can I be and feel forgiven? Answer
If God forgives me every time I ask, why do I still feel so guilty? Answer
Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer
How good is good enough? Answer
Will all mankind eventually be saved? Answer
Why are humans supposed to wear clothes? Answer
|Featuring:||Julianne Moore (Catherine Stewart), Liam Neeson (David Stewart), Amanda Seyfried (Chloe), Max Thieriot (Michael Stewart), R.H. Thomson (Frank), Nina Dobrev (Anna), Mishu Vellani (Receptionist), Julie Khaner (Bimsy), Laura DeCarteret (Alicia), Natalie Lisinska (Eliza), Tiffany Lyndall-Knight (Trina), Meghan Heffern (Miranda), more »|
|Producer:||Studio Canal, The Montecito Picture Company, Ali Bell, Jeffrey Clifford, more »|
|Distributor:||Sony Pictures Classics|
a remake of the French motion picture “Nathalie…” by writer/director Anne Fontaine (2003)
“If the one you love was lying to you, how far would you go to find out the truth?”
Man without God has no chance at all. “Chloe” wonderfully constructs a materialist, sexually-charged and empty world, whose inhabitants lack the moral compass that can only be derived from the Holy Spirit. The film can best be described, in the words of one critic, as “artful trash.”
Are we living in a moral Stone Age? Answer
Director Atom Egoyan introduces us to Toronto gynecologist Catherine Stewart (Julianne Moore) whose husband David (Liam Neeson) is a music professor and opera expert. David is a flirtatious chap, conversing easily with attractive young women. Catherine’s suspicions are thus aroused when her husband misses his own birthday party to socialize with his students—and then lies to his wife about it. She rightfully suspects him of cheating on her.
Catherine hires Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), a young prostitute, to try to seduce her husband. Chloe relates to her client the adultery committed with David in rather explicit terms, and Catherine buys it. Yet, as the plot thickens, we realize Chloe’s true intentions. The film reaches its dark and shocking conclusion with haste and anguish.
The movie exposes the futility of life without spiritual meaning. Catherine and David appear superficially to have a happy and stable marriage, yet the foundations of that marriage are crumbling at the surface. They live in the kind of home most people could only dream of owning, yet their lives are meaningless. Everything from the austere camerawork to the chilling soundtrack conveys this sense of loneliness to the audience.
Yet, that is as deep as “Chloe” probes. It lacks character development, and the character of Chloe herself remains an enigma, even after the denouement. Perhaps that is what the filmmakers wanted, yet it is not a satisfying construction. We yearn for more information about Chloe: who is she, where did she come from, and why did she do what she did?
Perhaps this is due in part to the unfortunate death of Liam Neeson's wife Natasha Richardson during filming. The screenwriters rewrote the script after Richardson’s death, and Neeson completed his part in just two days after returning. I feel this would have been a more fulfilling movie otherwise, and perhaps we would have been more exposed to Chloe’s psyche.
Not that exposure is a problem per se. “Chloe” contains explicit sexual language as Chloe describes viscerally her adulterous encounters with Catherine’s husband. There are two sex scenes, one of which is lesbian in nature. There is, also, an unnecessary scene of Moore’s character nude in the shower; the camera pans down to her breasts, and then pans up again, during the scene.
I cannot recommend “Chloe” to Christians, or anyone for that matter—there is nothing to be gained, after all, from trash, no matter how artfully it is portrayed.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Extreme
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