by director Atom Egoyan
Chloe is a film about marriage. While the central marriage examined is between Catherine (Julianne Moore) and David (Liam Neeson), it is also a study of how far we might go to keep a marriage alive, to reintroduce eroticism into a relationship, to test ideas of fidelity and trust, both in our partners and in ourselves.
From the moment we auditioned Amanda Seyfried as Chloe, the film became a reality for me. We needed to find a young actress who was at once wise, vulnerable, hardened and completely open. Chloe is a repository of other people’s fantasies, but someone who is deeply in search of a narrative for her own life. Her meeting with Catherine is unexpectedly powerful. It rocks her sense of reality with a force that she could never have expected. The two women find themselves caught in a web of desire, sadness and fantasy.
Chloe is an observation of emotional dependency, for as much as Chloe becomes hopelessly infatuated with the figure of Catherine as a protector and role model, Catherine is also drawn to the way Chloe helps her to re-imagine her own marriage. What I am most interested in exploring in any film is the essential mystery and complexity of any meeting between people, be they strangers or intimate partners.
I invite members of the Film Club to go on a journey to an unexpected place.