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The Page Turner (2006)

Catherine Frot , Pascal Greggory , Denis Dercourt  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Catherine Frot, Pascal Greggory, Deborah Francois, Xavier De Guillebon, Jacques Bonnaffe
  • Directors: Denis Dercourt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000P6R9NK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Page Turner" on IMDb

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Ten year-old Melanie has a special gift for the piano. But during her entrance recital for the Conservatory, she is distracted by the thoughtless behavior of Ariane, a well-known concert pianist. Melanie fails the exam and decides to give up the piano forever…

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Twelve-year-old Melanie Prouvost is determined to become a world-class pianist. She practices with a single-mindedness which is daunting. She arrives with her mother at a conservatory where she will perform a difficult piece before a panel of judges. Many other children are competing. If she wins, her chances for a wonderful career will lie in front of her. As she takes her place at the piano and begins, one of the judges, a famous concert pianist, motions in a fan who wants an autograph. The judge whispers something, takes out a pen, thinks a moment, writes on the photo and returns it to the fan. Melanie's concentration is broken. She stops, tries to recover and performs badly. Afterwards, the judge simply comments that there was no reason for Melanie to stop. On the way out of the conservatory, Melanie suddenly pushes down the key cover on a piano when another girl is practicing, nearly crushing the girl's fingers. Melanie arrives home and locks her piano for good.

Several years later, Melanie (Deborah François), now a striking young woman, applies for and is accepted as an intern in a law office. She learns a senior partner needs someone to look after his young son while he is away for several weeks on business. His wife works and cannot always be available. When Melanie says she'd happily look after the boy, she is accepted. And when she arrives at the country manor, 25 miles outside Paris, we learn that the mother was in an auto accident and is still emotionally fragile. The woman, Ariane Fouchecourt (Catherine Frot), indeed works. She is a world-class pianist who now performs as part of a trio. And, yes, she was the judge who so thoughtlessly ruined Melanie's life ambition. She doesn't even remember the incident. Now we realize Melanie remembers all too well.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is Sweet April 19, 2007
Format:DVD
Tight as a clenched fist ready to bloody someone's eye, intelligent, crystal clear in its intentions and actions, Denis Dercourt's terrific "The Page Turner" is wicked, perverse and anti-social in the very best sense. Like the best anti-heroes, Melanie Prouvost (a chilly, single-minded, Deborah Francois) knows what she wants, knows what/who her target is and knows how to achieve her goals. And in this case her target is the famous, though emotionally and professionally fragile classical pianist, Ariane Fouchecourt (sexy, sophisticated, sleek, tragic Catherine Frot) and by extension Ariane's family: husband Jean (Pascal Greggory) and her son, also a pianist, Laurent.
Melanie is out for total annihilation and her methods are as subtle as a Cobra ingesting defenseless small birds: there is no way that her prey can escape.
Director/Screenwriter Dercourt has fashioned a film that is tightly paced (a mere 94 minutes, not one ounce of fat here) and expertly acted but what is particularly impressive in its humanity and its knowing appreciation of the workings of the human mind is the reason, the impetus for Melanie's campaign against Ariane.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Opportunities July 10, 2007
Format:DVD
French film `The Page Turner' plays at a perfect pace. Methodically, we get a drama about lost opportunities that have movements of significance in people's lives. As a composite the story hits all the right notes.

Melanie (Deborah Francois) is a child prodigy. She awaits her big chance to make it as a pianist. At a large try-out, she plays beautifully until someone walks in with a photo for one of the judges to sign. Then, she falters. From that heartbreaking moment, the film leaps ahead to a movement in her life many years later when she gets a job as a secretary apprentice at a law firm. Neatly, she overhears that her employer, Jean (Pascal Gregory) needs a caretaker for Tristan, his only son. He instantly accepts her overture to fill the position, and her whole life changes. In their countryside mansion outside of Paris, she hooks up with all the charm of being a caretaker and assistant. Since both of Melanie's parents are butchers, she takes easily to cooking fare for the family. Her role expands, though. Luck has it that his wife, Ariane (Catherine Fro) is a concert pianist, and Melanie is able to give Tristan some piano lessons. From here her meticulousness lends itself to other privileged duties up to and including the entrusted role of page turner for Ariane's consequential radio concert. Like a fairy tale, they both bond, and Ariane assists Melanie with make-up and perfume. Melanie has a special touch to encourage Tristan to push himself and help Ariane to get over her trepidation to perform after a car accident two years earlier made her falter on stage. Can Ariane and Melanie deliver each other from their past?

Everything doesn't always go well, but the development and outcome are meant to be seen. 'The Page Turner' reminded me of the sort of movie that could easily become a hall-of-fame winner for 'The Lifetime Channel'. With subtlety and understatement, 'The Page Turner' is indeed a classic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Tunned Piano July 27, 2007
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"The Page Turner" brings to mind the work of French master filmmaker Claude Chabrol, Michael Haneke's "The Piano Teacher" and "The Bad Seed". It's an odd mixture and "The Page Turner" doesn't quite live up to any of them but that's okay, because what it does do it does well enough where the film is entertaining.

Melanie Prouvost (played as a child by Julie Richalet and as an adult by Deboran Francois) has a love of music. She studies the piano every day. She comes from a moderate income family, her parents are butchers. They do what they can to support Melanie in her piano studies. One day at a competition Melanie will meet fammed pianist Ariane Fouchecourt (Catherine Frot). While Melanie is playing her piece Ariane gives a fan her autograph. This throws the young girl off and thus her playing suffers.

It is at that exact moments Melanie decides to never again play the piano. Why put all that time and effort into something which she will never excell at?

Years go by and now Melanie has grown into a beautiful woman looking for an intership at a law firm run by Jean (Pascal Greggory). It turns out Jean is looking for someone to watch his son as he heads out of town and keep an eye on his wife, whom after a car accident has become very sensitive and dependent on others.

Seeking a chance for career advancement perhaps Melanie agrees and as the fates would have it, Jean's wife turns out to be Ariane. At this point Ariane does not recongize Melanie but there's no mistaking Melanie knows who she is.

You don't have to be a genuis to figure out where the film is going to go. Melanie wants some revenge on the woman who destroyed her life and took the one thing which gave her enjoyment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow, cold, musically bland
The film is a slowly-gathering-dread thriller. The premise, that a child's bad experience at a judging of her pianistic abilities (and the thoughtless behavior of one judge) leads... Read more
Published 2 months ago by gewidmet
5.0 out of 5 stars The Page Turner
A superb and unusual story about a child's revenge as an adult. The environment - the world of classical musicians - is not often used in films, and the same goes for lesbianism. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kirsten Tholstrup
4.0 out of 5 stars The movie starts quietly
with Melanie as a young girl with only one chance to be exceptional, a chance that is casually destroyed by a judge in a music competition who gets distracted by an admirer. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ht
3.0 out of 5 stars Melanie's deep obsession for revenge never really makes sense
Melanie flubs an audition because of some seeming slight by one of the judges, a famous pianist. Ten years or so later, she plots her revenge, by becoming an essential page turner... Read more
Published 19 months ago by R S Cobblestone
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet, Relentless Pursuit of Revenge
Denis Dercourt both wrote (with Jacques Sotty) and directed this very low key but very devastating tale of concentrated revenge. Read more
Published on December 11, 2010 by Grady Harp
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is a dish best served cold
This French language film is about a revenge that is as cold as one could imagine short of some kind of physical violence. Read more
Published on September 7, 2010 by Dennis Littrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligently Dark
Well done French film. Excellent really, without the gratuitous sex and violence that propels so many 'so-called' psychological thrillers. This was indeed a true psych thriller. Read more
Published on July 20, 2010 by nurwho
1.0 out of 5 stars Puh-leeze!
As a musician, and having spent a lot of time around other musicians, I can tell anyone who cares to read on (spoilers ahead) that the premise of this movie is shaky at best. Read more
Published on June 20, 2010 by bgarfink
3.0 out of 5 stars A signature piece
The Page Turner is a typically low-key Gallic thriller. The plot progresses slowly - perhaps a little too slowly at times - but builds to a satisfying denouement. Read more
Published on November 29, 2009 by sft
3.0 out of 5 stars young lady macbeth
I gave 3 stars for the acting and the execution, and because I didn't look at my watch.

Spoiler alert: It's a little hard to believe that a young girl would hold a... Read more
Published on September 6, 2009 by floridian321
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