The Page Turner

April 6th, 2008 DVD Reviews, Film, Xpress

The DVD cover likens this cold, cruel film to Hitchcock, and indeed there’s a thriller element. But the interesting thing about many French movies is that, unlike American films where every emotion is worn on the characters’ sleeves, there’s a distinct underplay, a sinister edge like the threat of violence that never breaks free.

The prepubescent Melanie is thrown off balance during an important piano audition to gain entry into a prestigious conservatory. One of the assessors, famous pianist Ariane (Catherine Frot) unthinkingly lets an autograph seeker into the room and Melanie’s concentration breaks, costing her the place. She goes home, locks her piano and quietly clears away her musical accoutrements, her musical ambitions failed in silent heartbreak.

We meet Melanie years later (Deborah Francois) as a lovely young law clerk; beautiful and dispassionate, with barely a single emotion crossing her flawless face. When fate puts her in Ariane’s grand home as a nanny to her son, we still get no clue what Melanie is thinking, but we know she’s cooking something up.

The film sets up a brutal revenge that’s exacted in the last few frames, but as with the rest of the film, there isn’t a drop of blood split or single raised voice. There’s just Melanie, walking down the road, her face impassive, a woman avenged. A fairly uninteresting Making Of doesn’t do the film justice.


Full client and publication list:

  • 3D Artist
  • APC
  • AskMen.com
  • Auscam
  • Australian Creative
  • Australian Macworld
  • Australian Way (Qantas)
  • Big Issue
  • Black Velvet Seductions
  • Black+White
  • Bookseller & Publisher
  • Box Magazine
  • Brain World
  • Business News
  • Business NSW
  • Campaign Brief
  • Capture
  • CHUD.com
  • Cleo
  • Cosmos
  • Cream
  • Curve
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Dark Horizons
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Desktop
  • DG
  • Digital Media
  • Disney Magazine
  • DNA Magazine
  • Empire
  • Empty Magazine
  • Famous Monsters of Filmland
  • Fast Thinking
  • FHM UK
  • Film Stories
  • Filmink
  • Follow Gentlemen
  • Geek Magazine
  • Good Reading
  • Good Weekend
  • GQ
  • How It Works
  • Hydrapinion
  • Inside Film
  • Internet.au
  • Loaded
  • M2 Magazine
  • Marie Claire Australia
  • Marketing
  • Maxim Australia
  • Men's Style
  • Metro
  • Moviehole
  • MSN
  • Nine To Five
  • Paranormal
  • PC Authority
  • PC Powerplay
  • PC Update
  • PC User
  • PC World
  • Penthouse
  • People
  • Pixelmag
  • Popular Science
  • Post Magazine
  • Ralph
  • Reader's Digest
  • ScienceNetwork WA
  • SciFiNow
  • Scoop
  • Scoop Traveller
  • Seaside Observer
  • SFX
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Australian
  • The Retiree
  • The Sun Herald
  • The West Australian
  • thevine.com.au
  • TimeOut
  • Total Film
  • Video Camera
  • Video&Filmmaker
  • Writing Magazine
  • Xpress
  • Zoo