french films > Nathalie



cast: Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Gérard Depardieu, Wladimir Yordanoff, Judith Magre, Rodolphe Pauly, Évelyne Dandry, Christian Aaron Boulogne, Aurore Auteuil

year: 2003

colour: no

certificate: 15

director: Anne Fontaine

runtime: 105

Catherine is a succesful Parisian gynecologist whose long-term mariage to Bernard has been passionless as of late. When she checks his cell phone messages one afternoon, she discovers a suggestive "thank you" from a young colleague of his, which creates an even wider chasm between the two. Desperate, Catherine goes to an upscale strip club nearly to solicit the services of Nathalie, a matter of-fact prostitute. It seems Catherine wants Nathalie to seduce Bernard and report back to her each week, an assignment that's initially off-putting to the young woman, but one she begins to relish as the weeks pass. Soon Nathalie is using intimate details to fuel Catherine's rage towards her husband. An erotic, carnal psychological drama, Nathalie offers a return to form for Depardieu whilst also delivering a masterclass in acting from two generations of France's greatest actresses. year of release in the UK: 2004


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