At its most basic, the film is based on the anxieties of woman (Julianne Moore) over her seemingly womanizing husband (Liam Neeson), and a son who has alienated her from his life. When she becomes convinced that her husband is having an affair, she enlists the help of a call girl, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), to “test” his fidelity. This starts off a chain of events which eventually culminate in tragedy affecting her whole family.
*possible spoilers ahead*
I was pleasantly surprised to discover the lesbian element of this movie, as I hadn’t heard about it beforehand, and it wasn’t in the trailer I saw. It was also great to see a lesbian sex scene in mainstream cinema, and not confined to the DVD release as is so often the case.
My only criticism of the film is that it showcased the concept of the “psycho-dyke” so common on the silver screen; that a woman always becomes emotionally unstable at the end of a lesbian relationship. However, the audience really sees why this demise occurs and remains sympathetic to Chloe for this reason. Amanda Seyfried (of ‘Mama Mia!‘ and ‘Mean Girls’ fame) plays Chloe amazingly well, and keeps the audience wondering about her throughout.
This film is definitely a must see for fans of the sapphic screen!
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