Sweet Temptation: The Collapse of Relationships in Atom Egoyan’s Chloe

Chloe (Amanda Seyfried, left) and Catherine (Julianne Moore, right) play a dangerous game.

‘I think with all directors there are ideas that recur, at least for the ones that have creative control of their films,’ controversial Canadian director Atom Egoyan once remarked. As one of the selected few in the movie industry who don’t need their products to turn a profit, the four-time winner at Cannes and two-time Oscar nominee is privileged to choose his own topics without commercial restraints.

Read More

Women in Love… – Close Encounters of a Different Kind in Julio Medem’s Room In Rome

Alba (Elena Anaya, left) and Natasha (Natasha Yarovenko, right) in their room in Rome.

What happens when two pretty girls stay at a hotel in Italy’s ’Eternal City’? That’s the simple but intriguing premise of Sex & Lucía director Julio Medem’s Spanish arthouse film Room In Rome. Sometimes it doesn’t take more than such a basic idea – an intimate play of two – for a provoking work, in more than one sense. For starters, the movie contains dialog in whopping six different languages. But that’s not really the reason why Room In Rome attracted quite a bit of attention upon its release.

Read More