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Double Lover(L'Amant Double)

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France, Belgium · 2017
1h 50m
Director François Ozon
Starring Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer
Genre Romance, Thriller, Drama

Chloé is a young woman struggling with mental health issues is convinced her abdominal pain is psychosomatic. She falls in love with Paul, her psychoanalyst. Quickly, they realize their mutual attraction means they must end the therapy. After a few months, they move in together and Chloé discovers Paul has secrets in his past.

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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

A fitfully amusing erotic thriller in which nothing is what it seems, anything could happen, and everything is at least a little ridiculous.


Slant Magazine by Greg Cwik

Though Double Lover has a slight oneiric quality from the start, it grows increasingly delirious, the plot threads knotting in convoluted patterns and the overall mood more and more ridiculous.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jon Frosch

Its tale of doubles, deception and desire allows Ozon to fool around with some of his favorite themes — the turbulent inner lives of complex women, the distance between appearance and reality, the essential unknowability of even our most intimate loved ones, the necessity of imagination in enduring everyday life.


The Playlist by Nikola Grozdanovic

The cinematic trickery on display – lurid dissolves, off-kilter juxtapositions, and bizarre dance numbers bouncing around Chloe’s brittle mindscape – compensates for the skin-deep thematics, and keep the rhythm of the film popping.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Sure, it’s kinky, but Ozon is having fun with it, to the extent that the entire film rewards that fetish all moviegoers have in common — voyeurism — offering up a kind of equal-opportunity objectification.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

It’s a fantasy not of sexual satisfaction but sexual accomplishment, and perhaps no director other than Ozon would have the imagination and panache to carry it off.


The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

It’s difficult to know just how serious this is all meant to be. Then again, camp only really works when the level of intention is difficult to decipher.

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