The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages)

2006

The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages)

Critics Consensus

Reminiscent of Hitchcock and Chabrol, The Page Turner is elegant yet suspenseful, a revenge potboiler of a high degree.

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User Ratings: 6,405
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Years after her once-promising career as a professional pianist is tragically sidelined, a young musician still haunted by the past receives a second chance at making things right in director Denis Dercourt's elegant tale of shattered dreams and delicate mutual dependence. Upon performing for the examination board in order to gain entrance into the prestigious musical Conservatory, young pianist Mélanie (Julie Richalet) finds her concentration shattered when the chairwoman of the jury - herself a famous concert pianist - carelessly signs an autograph for a fan. Her endless hours of rigorous training suddenly rendered useless by the pass of a pen, Mélanie remains unable to regain her composure after the incident and subsequently gives up music altogether after failing to pass the test. Years later, Mélanie is a file clerk at a well-renowned law firm whose skills soon catch the eye of senior partner M. Fouchécourt (Pascal Greggory). Impressed by her solid work ethic and unwavering dependability, Fouchécourt hires Mélanie as a live-in nanny whose duty it will be to watch over his son during an extended business trip. Upon arriving at Fouchécourt's lavish countryside mansion, Mélanie makes the acquaintance of Mme. Fouchécourt (Catherine Frot) - the very same pianist whose thoughtless action sent Mélanie's life into an irreversible downward spiral. It seems that now the tables have turned, and Mme. Fouchécourt herself has lost the confidence to perform. Her frazzled nerves somehow calmed by the presence of the quiet new helper, Mme. Fouchécourt implores Mélanie to sit in on her recitals and become her personal page turner as she attempts to overcome her debilitating fear of failure. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Catherine Frot
as Ariane Fouchécourt
Déborah François
as Mèlanie Prouvost
Pascal Greggory
as Mr. Fouchécourt
Christine Citti
as Madame Prouvost
Julie Richalet
as Mèlanie as a child
Jacques Bonnaffé
as Mr. Prouvost
Antoine Martynciow
as Tristan Fouchécourt
Martine Chevallier
as Jackie Onfray
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  • Sep 11, 2011
    Who are the dumb turds that are calling this a "thriller"? It's a sorry excuse for such a genre, and just one or two moments of "tension" will not make this psychological drama a vendetta/revenge flick or a suspense film. Also, whereas the argument is being labeled as "simplistic", I say it's idiotic, and no redeeming, cathartic or plot-twist-like reward is given to the viewer once her "revenge" has been executed. I have many complaints about that b!tch that gets easily distracted and thus spends her life waiting to blame it on someone else. Damn... Like if people weren't allowed to cough or sneeze in a piano concert. Anyway, satisfying flick with rather precise technical qualities. 71/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2010
    <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-page-turner-12891709"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/89/17/12891709_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>La tourneuse de pages</I></a> </div></div> DIRECTED BY: Denis Dercourt WRITTEN BY: Jacques So and Denis Dercourt FEATURING: Catherine Frot, and Déborah François In this instance the Flixster synopsis needs little alteration and to embellish it would be to give too much away. <I>La tourneuse de pages</I> has a simple plot, masterfully and elegantly executed. The Americans would have made this into a <I>Hand That Rocks The Cradle</I> style, hamfisted, sensational hack job. What a contrast. <I>La tourneuse de pages </I> is subtle, clever and credible, without sacrificing suspense. Additionally, the cinematography is marvelous. It is not arty or extravagant. It is very crisp with well-composed shots and a radiant, iridescent film quality. This movie is precisely subtle. It sports a superb look and feel and a seamless flow. The overall piece is very confidently subdued. I am quite taken and impressed with <I>La tourneuse de pages </I>, from it's thoughtful story to its editing and production design. Even the music was chosen with particular adeptness to compliment the plot. This is simply a text book example of how to properly produce cinema. Best of all, no corny ending. You won't see anything like this come out of <I>2012</I> and <I>Shrek</I> infatuated Tinseltown. Hollywood, kindly kiss Denis Dercourt's ass.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]In "The Page Turner," Melanie(Deborah Francois) is an intern for a prestigious law firm who volunteers to be a nanny for her boss, Jean(Pascal Greggory), over the holidays. Not coincidentally, he is married to Ariane(Catherine Frot), a classical musician who ten years previously distracted young Melanie(Julie Richalet) at an audition which she failed, vowing never to play again. But she still retains enough musical knowledge to assist Ariane at a radio concert where she is to play as part of a trio...[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Page Turner" is a nifty and subtle psychological drama that thankfully pulls its punches and leaves much to the imagination. Melanie is a thoroughly single-minded individual who by the time she is an adult, leads a solitary life with a very pleasant facade. As a child, she was obsessed with the piano; as an adult, it is with the woman she blames for botching her audition. Yes, Ariane was very rude but that is not a good enough reason to carry a grudge all these years. While it may seem easy for Melanie to insinuate herself into the household, it does appear that she has been planning this for a very long time, knowing exactly which buttons to push. Personally, I think Melanie was also behind the hit and run that so unnerved Ariane. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2008
    An interestingly intense drama that builds some interesting characters.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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