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Double Lover

France, French, 107 mins

Original Title

L'amant Double
  • Director: François Ozon
  • Writer: François Ozon
  • Producer: Eric Altmayer; Nicolas Altmayer

CGiii Comment

Eeeeeew...what a thoroughly twisted and unpleasant film!

Now, this could be viewed as a re-working of David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers...or, just as a blatant and inferior rip-off. Yes, it's that good twin pitted against the bad twin with a woman in the middle...who wants them both - in bed, bonking her brains out...with lots and lots of mirrors!

Yes, Monsieur Ozon...we get it, twins and reflections...talk about overkill and under-valuing your audience.

It's all very straight forward until Monsieur Ozon realised that things we heading towards the predictable cliff-edge...so, to spice things up, cue a little same-sex-twinny-incest and an unnecessary scene featuring a strap-on! Still, on course for predictablity, Ozon pulls out all the bungs of this sinking ship and down she goes in a slurry of wild and clumsy ideas. And, just to make matters worse, there's even an homage to John Hurt in Alien - now, in theory, all this lunacy could have worked if Marine Vacth had been directed with more authority - making her less awful [as a character] and encouraging her to use more than one expression for every emotion.

Another little faux pas: The make-up department went a little too slap-happy...both Jérémie Renier and Jacqueline Bisset have botched tanned faces...making you want to reach into the screen and smooth out their foundation...something that could be said for the whole film!


The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Marine Vacth as Chloé
Jérémie Renier as Paul et Louis
Jacqueline Bisset as Mme Schenker et la mère de Chloé
Myriam Boyer as Rose
Dominique Reymond as La gynécologue et Agnès Wexler
Fanny Sage as Sandra Schenker
Jean-Édouard Bodziak as Le jeune psychanalyste

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