Double Lover

Double Lover

(L’Amant double)
(2017)

Psychological, erotic thriller from François Ozon (In the House) about an troubled former model, the psychoanalyst she falls for, and the discovery of his double identity.

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BY JackWallace superstar

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

The pretentious, self-indulgent arthouse "Fifty Shades of Grey". If François Ozon's erotic thriller "Double Lover" was made by Americans, critics would slam it. But since it's French, the film is "deliciously twisted" or some rubbish like that.

Plenty of angry sex and nudity. There's strap-ons, a weird threesome, an unborn fetus bursting out of the mother's stomach, which reminded me of the chestburster scene from "Alien". The film opens with an extreme close up of... More female genitalia.

Despite its lurid content, "Double Lover" isn't trashy and entertaining enough to classify as a guilty pleasure. I didn't loathe it nor found myself particularly engaged in the story, which rarely goes completely off the rails. Stupid movie, would not recommend.Hide


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The Press Reviews

  • Spins its influences into a frenzy that ultimately reveals the story to be very much its own thing. And a crazy, and eventually strangely moving, thing it is. Full Review

  • It's like the wildest Frasier episode they never made, and hits all the parts - sometimes literally - the Fifty Shades of Grey films couldn't hope to reach. Full Review

  • What's liberating here is the film's lack of inhibitions, which absolves the guilt without compromising the pleasure. Full Review

  • The softcore silliness and lite-erotic stylings of François Ozon’s horribly middleweight psycho-suspense thriller may yet give it camp classic status. Full Review

  • There are plenty of elements to admire in Amant Double but the endless twists and revelations grow tiresome. Full Review

  • What gives the film its surprising coherence is not only the fluidity of Ozon's technique but also his mastery of tone, the ease with which he applies serious craft to a resolutely un-serious endeavor. Full Review

  • Francois Ozon's good twin/bad twin thriller puts dull Hollywood twaddle like Fifty Shades Freed to shame with its wild, wanton ride into the subconscious. Prepare for a mindblower. Full Review