Directed by Anne Fontaine
Showing at the FACT from 30th July
French with English subtitles
Catherine (Fanny Ardent) is in a lifeless marriage to Bernard (Gérard
Depardieu), she is already aware of her husband's frequent flings but
is determined to find out what his sexual desires are by taking the unusual
step of hiring a prostitute to do the job for her. Catherine hires the
services of Nathalie/Marlène (Emmanuelle Béart) to seduce
Bernard and report the details of their encounters.
What was particularly intriguing about the film was the relationship
between the two strikingly beautiful women; despite meeting in unusual
circumstances a delicate friendship grows between them, this in turn has
a positive effect on Catherine’s marriage.
The film does however, in parts, drag on a little, for example one becomes
slightly exasperated with the stone-faced composure of Catherine throughout
the film, even when hearing the lurid descriptions from Nathalie. Gérard
Depardieu is absent most of the time and it is easy not to care about
yet another middle class marriage going nowhere.