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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 01.16.18] France thriller

Writer/director Francois Ozon has been playing in the sexual thriller genre for years but Double Lover seems to be channelling the popular 80s genre even more so than usual.

Based on a novel from Joyce Carol Oats, the movie stars Marine Vacth as Chloe, a fragile young woman who falls in love with her shrink Paul (Jeremie Renier). As couples often do, the pair move in together and Chloe begins to realize that Paul is hiding something from her: a twin.

In and of itself, that's not a huge deal though, as the trailer suggest, Paul and his brother may have been sharing Chloe which is just a tiny bit immoral.

Generally speaking, Ozon has a great track record with thrillers and I would have given him the benefit of the doubt but the addition of Vacth, who I haven't seen since Ozon's Young & Beautiful (review) a couple of years ago, seals the deal. Plus I find it hard to walk away from a thriller, particularly one that looks this good.

Double Lover opens February 14.

Recommended Release: Lives of the Twins

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