The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006)

The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Denis Dercourt, Jacques Sotty, Jacques Dercourt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 10, 2007
Tartan Films



as Ariane Fouchécourt

as Mèlanie Prouvost

as Mr. Fouchécourt

as Madame Prouvost

as Mèlanie as a child

as Mr. Prouvost

as Tristan Fouchécourt

as Jackie Onfray
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Critic Reviews for The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages)

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (24)

This must be what a French movie-of-the-week look like, deemed art here because of the subtitles.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The serving temperature of revenge has seldom been colder, nor the time of preparation longer, than for this gourmet French plat froid from writer-director Denis Dercourt.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
Top Critic

It's a small French delicacy, tart, acerbic and cynical, that focuses on three or four characters and yet manages to bring them and their dilemmas to vivid life.

Full Review… | May 3, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

The stakes in this story seem too low to justify its audience's attention. If The Page Turner were a novel, it would hardly be a page turner. Why should we hold films to a lower standard?

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Style wins out over content in this delectable low-key French thriller by director Denis Dercourt...

Full Review… | April 26, 2009

This clever thriller certainly knows its Chabrol and its music.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages)

Though flawed, an effective thriller.

Michael S

Super Reviewer


Icily efficient thriller which makes its understated chills stand out. Clinically composed and beautifully scored.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer


[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

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