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2.8
411 Ratings

Double Lover

L'amant double

Directed by François Ozon
France, Belgium, 2017
Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity.

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Double Lover Directed by François Ozon
Once upon a time, back when the Talking Heads were still together and we had a president who was merely senile, we used to love movies like Double Lover. . . . Director Francois Ozon — at 50, certainly old enough to recall the day — has a fonder yen, and his new film plays as though Adrian Lyne and Jean-Jacques Beineix were back in the saddle, fetishizing sweaty flesh and black lacquer.
February 14, 2018
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It nods a bit to David Cronenberg’s “Dead Ringers” (1988) and Roman Polanski’s “The Tenant” (1976), . . and Mr. Ozon’s stylistic gymnastics sometimes bring to mind Brian De Palma, who made a film about good/bad twins early in his career. But “Double Lover,” . . . spins its influences into a frenzy that ultimately reveals the story to be very much its own thing. And a crazy, and eventually strangely moving, thing it is. As elaborate as its visuals are, the movie is also intimate.
February 13, 2018
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It doesn’t have the salacious restraint of [Swimming Pool and Under the sand], both of which are more in the classical “art-house” vein . . . , but it’s difficult to malign a thriller that seeks to simply amuse, and does just that. Everything that happens feels in service of the film’s genre rather than any metaphorical or observational importance or ontological musings. Ozon has a palpable reverence for this kind of sleazy escapism, and that’s what makes Double Lover worthwhile.
February 12, 2018
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