The Page Turner
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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A great story. Not the usual scenario for a thriller, but thrilling nonetheless.Published 14 months ago by Doc_Paul
**** In French with English subtitles ****
Very lovely eye candy here with a lot of elegant imagery... Read more
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 morePublished 24 months ago by gewidmet
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 morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Kirsten Tholstrup
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 morePublished on September 16, 2013 by ht
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 morePublished on February 26, 2013 by R S Cobblestone
Denis Dercourt both wrote (with Jacques Sotty) and directed this very low key but very devastating tale of concentrated revenge. Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by Grady Harp
This French language film is about a revenge that is as cold as one could imagine short of some kind of physical violence. Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by Dennis Littrell
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 morePublished on July 20, 2010 by Amazon Customer