The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages)
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The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages)
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 a famous concert pianist - carelessly signs an autograph for a fan. Her endless hours of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"This must be what a French movie-of-the-week look like, deemed art here because of the subtitles."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"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?"
‑ Michael Hardy, Boston Globe
"Style wins out over content in this delectable low-key French thriller by director Denis Dercourt..."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Sneaky and altogether pleasing, if undeniably derivative."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"here the business of revenge is as measured and well-tempered as a piano score, and it will turn out that Melanie's Bach is far worse than any bite."
‑ Anton Bitel,
"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"In retrospect it's clear that when the filmmakers had a chance to hammer something they tapped it, instead."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This clever thriller certainly knows its Chabrol and its music."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If only the story could have been as involved and layered as some of the incredible music (or as good as a page-turner book), this would be a must-see."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Deliciously chilling."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"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."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"[Director] Dercourt's manipulation of his characters and his imagery can be a little heavy-handed, but there's nary a wrong note in the performances of his exceedingly fine cast."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"With gentle plotting the intensity builds and builds until it all boils over."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"A tautly crafted but deeply misogynistic and anti-workingclass French psychological thriller."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"In the movies, there's nothing quite as sinister as the antagonist who's willing to wait for her revenge."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
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