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The Page Turner [2006] [DVD]

Catherine Frot , Déborah François , Denis Dercourt    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Catherine Frot, Déborah François, Pascal Greggory, Xavier De Guillebon, Clotilde Mollet
  • Directors: Denis Dercourt
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42N4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,916 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This acclaimed and emotionally taut thriller stars Déborah François as Mélanie, a young woman whose love of music turns in a passion for revenge. Self-possessed and coolly calculating, Melanie finds work as the personal page turner of the well-known concert pianist Ariane Foucherot (Catherine Frot). But Mélanie secretly holds a terrible grudge against her new employer, based on a thoughtless incident from the past that thwarted her own musical ambitions. Having patiently bided her time for ten long years, she at last prepares to exact her chilling revenge…

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: With a passion for playing the piano, Melanie, a young girl from a modest background, passes an audition in the Conservatory at Versailles in the presence of a famous international pianist. During the performance, the pianist repeatedly disturbs her when she plays. Melanie, traumatized by these events, decides to give up playing. Ten years later, the young girl is working in a lawyer's office where she is congratulated by the manager for her sense of devotion. He asks if she would like to be his child's nanny. The director's son just so happens to play the piano. ...The Page Turner ( La Tourneuse de pages ) ( Turning Pages )

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars suspense with music 28 April 2007
Young melanie fails a piano exam and never plays again. The woman who fails her is a well-known but neurotic pianist married to a sucessful lawyer. Ten years later Melanie insinuates herself into her husband's officeand then into her family home and is invited to turn pages for an important concert by her trio. The superficially shrinking violet uses her immense sexual power to destroy both family and trio. Apart from the two set trios, the music ic specially composed and is so skilfully integrated into the film that one is hardly conscious of it but together with the restrained acting of the principals it sustains the underlying tension and menace throughout. A subtle and intriguing film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good on atmosphere 21 Jun 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
The central performances in this film have a wonderful poise and the whole thing gleams with a Hitchcockian tension, perhaps a little like Rebecca in its focus on a large house with three, or possibly four principal players, depending on how you look at it in both cases. The lesbianism hinted at in that film is much more overtly piquant here, although it could hardly outdo the Mrs Danvers role ... I found the film quite gripping but inevitably a bit of a let-down at the end. But then I wonder whether the plot isn't a pretext for elegance and atmosphere of a highly cinematic kind, and that's really it, rather like certain films by Chabrol. Catherine Frot is memorable as the pianist, even if not particularly likeable. She evokes a complex response in her slightly imperious vulnerability in a way that is fascinating, and if the film were a bit larger in scope one might say it is really one of the outstanding screen performances of recent years. Her face is just so telling. The contrast with Deborah Francois, whose face is fixed in an enigmatic kind of focus and unnerving self-possession, could hardly be better exploited. In the end it's undone by the very thing that makes it work, namely its tension and arrow-like development, so typical of the thriller genre in general, and ultimately robbing it of a fuller human dimension.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Twelve-year-old Melanie Prouvost is determined to become a world-class pianist. She practices with a single-mindedness which is daunting. She arrives with her mother at a conservatory where she will perform a difficult piece before a panel of judges. Many other children are competing. If she wins, her chances for a wonderful career will lie in front of her. As she takes her place at the piano and begins, one of the judges, a famous concert pianist, motions in a fan who wants an autograph. The judge whispers something, takes out a pen, thinks a moment, writes on the photo and returns it to the fan. Melanie's concentration is broken. She stops, tries to recover and performs badly. Afterwards, the judge simply comments that there was no reason for Melanie to stop. On the way out of the conservatory, Melanie suddenly pushes down the key cover on a piano when another girl is practicing, nearly crushing the girl's fingers. Melanie arrives home and locks her piano for good.

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.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is Sweet 7 April 2007
Tight as a clenched fist ready to bloody someone's eye, intelligent, crystal clear in its intentions and actions, Denis Dercourt's terrific "The Page Turner" is wicked, perverse and anti-social in the very best sense. Like the best anti-heroes, Melanie Prouvost (a chilly, single-minded, Deborah Francois) knows what she wants, knows what/who her target is and knows how to achieve her goals. And in this case her target is the famous, though emotionally and professionally fragile classical pianist, Ariane Fouchecourt (sexy, sophisticated, sleek, tragic Catherine Frot) and by extension Ariane's family: husband Jean (Pascal Greggory) and her son, also a pianist, Laurent.
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 134 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.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A succinct little treat 18 April 2007
By Tonkfan
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The Page Turner is a wonderful little film.

At just over 80 minutes, the plot is as simple or as complex as the viewer wants, depending on how much you read into it.

A very atmospheric fantastic revenge drama, with perfectly measured performances from the two lead actresses, and a pure pleasure to watch from start to finish.

I would recommend this film to anyone who has an aversion to subtitles, or anyone who is new to French cinema. The script is economical, even quite spartan in places and often relies on facial expressions/actions rather than words to convey the mood.

As a fan of French cinema, I greatly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge that hurts.
Since I`m a musician I really felt the edge in this movie, carried by real great actors that know how to balance tension
and body language, giving real life to this plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Norwegian
5.0 out of 5 stars What the French do best
One of the best pyscho dramas that the French make so well. It's excellent and the music is great too
Published 7 months ago by ChrisMM
3.0 out of 5 stars A study of artistic temperament.
This is a French film directed by Denis Dercourt. Mélanie Prouvost (Déborah François) is a teenage girl with ambitions to be a professional pianist. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. H. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and clever
This is an intelligent, psychological thriller, which if it were a book, would keep the pages turning. One of the best films I have seen all year.
Published 10 months ago by Moose Papoose
2.0 out of 5 stars Revenge in the film
Parts from the original film were missing and completely spoilt it for me. When she encouraged the boy to play too fast and spoil his chances of a career as a profession pianist t. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Francis Spooner
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner
i am suprised that those "grinning white toothed untrustworthy yanks" havent already bought this movie and made some hashed up re-make to please some burger eating lard... Read more
Published 15 months ago by wbrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional performance if slightly slow
I really love this film, even though I can understand the criticism that it may have picked up a bit pace after the first half. But as an example of its genre it's brilliant.
Published 15 months ago by AaG
3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling with a holey plot
The French do subtle. If this has been a Hollywood film, then Maleanie (whose childhood piano audition had been ruined by a thoughtless interuption by a piano diva) would have... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars La Tourneuse de Pages - A Customer Review
I really looked forward to seeing this film. I like French cinema and classical music, so the plotline of " La Tourneuse de Pages", seemed like my ideal movie. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2010 by Musical anorak
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is a dish best served cold
This French language film is about a revenge that is as cold as one could imagine short of some kind of physical violence. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2010 by Dennis Littrell
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