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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 14, 2009 at 2:54 PM

At TIFF: Julianne Moore in “Chloe,” and a gross misunderstanding

Today I stood in line and listened idly to the conversation ahead of me (I’m a shameless eavesdropper) as two guys enumerated their favorite films of the fest. One expressed his disappointment that, due to scheduling, he hadn’t been able to see “I Dodge Your Vomit.” This intrigued me, because the title’s kind of an attention-grabber (was it some long-awaited “Exorcist” sequel?), and because the guy genuinely seemed a little wistful about missing it. So, since he’d mentioned the time and date, I casually got out my screening schedule and looked it up. It was “I, Don Giovanni.” Oh. If any would-be makers of horror films are reading this, have I got a title for you.
So. Back in the land of hearing things clearly, this morning I attended a packed screening of “Chloe,” Atom Egoyan’s new eroto-drama-thriller-whatever it is. Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore play a well-off Toronto couple who get, well, caught up in a web of sexual intrigue, thanks to a call girl played by Amanda Seyfried, and it all plays like a very, very elegant B-movie. Egoyan and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson don’t seem too bothered about making it all make sense, and Seyfried’s character is woefully underwritten (how did she get where she is? why is she behaving like this?). But the Toronto locations, many of which are right here in Festival Central, are ravishing, as is Moore. “Chloe” at times dips toward trashiness, but the cast keeps it afloat.
I’m going to go eat a real dinner now. Maybe even with some vegetables involved. See you later.

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