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Titillation tends to mask the intelligence in 'Chloe'

Atom Egoyan's Chloe is aimed at grown-ups. An erotic thriller, it involves a middle-age couple in a marital crisis whose lives are turned upside down by a prostitute who gives the film its name.

Based on a French film called Nathalie, Chloe is filled with questions of sexual desire and identity. Egoyan has delved into this territory before, most notably in Exotic (1994). There is no doubt that Chloe has an intelligence behind it, but it might be difficult for some to get past the titillation.

Julianne Moore plays Catherine, a successful gynecologist in Toronto. She fears her music professor husband, David (Liam Neeson), is straying, so after a seemingly chance encounter, she hires a prostitute, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), to tempt him.

The plan begins straight forwardly enough, but after Chloe reports on her seduction efforts, things begin to take some strange twists. From a script by Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary), Egoyan has fashioned an intriguing puzzle, which is bolstered by strong performances by Moore and Seyfried, who shows some real daring. It's far from perfect, but at least it's trying to be adult.

Chloe retails for $27.96 or $34.95 on Blu-ray.

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