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A middle-aged woman fears that her husband is cheating on her -- and chooses a very unlikely method for verifying her paranoia -- in this psychological drama from the writer of Une Liaison Pornographique. Catherine (Fanny Ardant) is a successful Parisian gynecologist whose long-term marriage to Bernard (Gérard Depardieu) has been passionless as of late. When she checks his cell phone messages one afternoon, she discovers a suggestive "thank you" from a young colleague of his, which creates an even wider chasm between the two. Desperate, Catherine goes to an upscale strip club nearby… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... the conceit works beautifully with the right personalities, talented and uninhibited, engaged in its execution."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A woman (Fanny Ardant) hires a prostitute (Emmanuelle Béart) to seduce her unfaithful husband (Gérard Depardieu) in Anne Fontaine's seductive and intriguing film."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"well-mannered, though never dull"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"Talky, but with an interesting performance by Depardieu."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"A final big 'twist,' which should be no surprise..., sets everything to right again, a case of French marital therapy by way of the Red Shoe Diaries."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Nathalie... offers compelling food for thought, with a little visual stimulation thrown in on the side."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Nathalie is intricate, provocative, cleanly acted, but it's never entirely convincing -- and never more so than in the table-turning climax."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"Exceptional performances and the oh-so-Frenchness of the complications produce an erotic tale that plays like the best gossipy story you ever heard about people you thought you knew."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Viva la anti-feminism!"
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"The film's considerable eroticism is all in the atmosphere and the dialogue."
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"Beguiling and surprising."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A stylish, sharply observed erotic mystery."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Between the leonine Ardant, the streets of Paris, and the nearly hypnotic score by Michael Nyman, the sophisticated Nathalie oozes with elegance."
‑ Kent Turner,
"French sexual politics may not resonate with American sensibilities"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Deals with the impleasantries of sexual behavior without submitting to the level of cheap softcore theatrics."
‑ Erik Childress,
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