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Nathalie... (2003)

Nathalie is the name a Parisian prostitute assumes for a special mission or "private investigation." She is engaged in this unusual and secretive task by a professional, upper-middle-class ... See full summary »

Director:

Anne Fontaine

Writers:

Philippe Blasband (original idea), Jacques Fieschi | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Ardant ... Catherine
Emmanuelle Béart ... Nathalie / Marlène
Gérard Depardieu ... Bernard
Wladimir Yordanoff ... François
Judith Magre ... La mère de Catherine
Rodolphe Pauly Rodolphe Pauly ... Le fils
Évelyne Dandry Évelyne Dandry ... La patronne du bar
Christian Päffgen Christian Päffgen ... L'homme d'un soir (as Ari Päffgen)
Aurore Auteuil Aurore Auteuil ... La patiente de Catherine
Idit Cebula Idit Cebula ... Ghislaine
Sasha Rucavina Sasha Rucavina ... Marianne (as Sacha Rukavina)
Macha Polikarpova Macha Polikarpova ... Ingrid
Marie Adam Marie Adam ... La secrétaire médicale
Sophie Séfériadès Sophie Séfériadès ... Une autre patiente
Serge Onteniente Serge Onteniente ... L'agent immobilier (as Serge Onteniente-Boutleroff)
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Storyline

Nathalie is the name a Parisian prostitute assumes for a special mission or "private investigation." She is engaged in this unusual and secretive task by a professional, upper-middle-class wife who fears that her husband is unfaithful to her. Nathalie has to seduce the clueless husband and regularly report all details of her relationship with him, including his most intimate sexual preferences in bed. Nathalie is stunning, charming, and cunning. Can Nathalie and her reports to the mistrustful wife be trusted? Is the middle aged husband indeed unfaithful? Written by luiza do brasil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Can you ever control another person's sexuality?

Genres:

Drama

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Official Sites:

KOCH Lorber Films

Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French | Hungarian

Release Date:

7 January 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Nathalie X See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,351, 16 April 2006

Gross USA:

$31,008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,228,683
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Movie Chloe was inspired by this film. See more »

Quotes

Un client de Marlène: [Sitting with Nathalie/Marlene, at the bar where she works] Can I ask you a question? Are you shaved?
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Connections

Features Before the Revolution (1964) See more »

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Gai Soleil
Written by Asu Yalcindag (as A. Yalcindag) and E. Wawra
Performed by Alphawezen, Asu Yalcindag and Daniel Petrovich
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You'd think a gynaecologist would know better
10 April 2004 | by Philby-3See all my reviews

Would a woman, finding out that her husband has been having casual affairs (which he admits to, but says `they are nothing') hire a prostitute to seduce him and report back to her? I don't know, but maybe it's possible in France, a country which prides itself on the tidy management of sex in general. It does seem a rather bizarre way of putting some zing back into a flagging marriage. Fanny Ardant as the voyeuristic wife Catherine dominates the movie though she spends a lot of time staring off into the middle distance. Gérard Depardieu as Bernard the husband is reduced to a bit player. The most intriguing character is `Nathalie' the prostitute played with innocent charm by Emmanuelle Béart, who, though 38, manages to look 15 years younger. She might have a waif-like manner but she certainly has learned what men are like and what they want, and her accounts of her sessions with the husband seem all too authentic.

Unfortunately I worked out fairly early in the piece what was really going on. I won't spoil it for you dear reader, but it is all a bit anti-climactic. The film does have a genuine Parisian feel to it – crowded apartments (even that of the affluent married couple), bars, streets, restaurants, etc. All that elegant consumption and all that personal lack of fulfillment. It's almost a relief to discover that one of the patients at Catherine's gynaecology practice, though in her early 20s, is still a virgin.

In its favour, the movie does not drag on too long, and has in `Natalie' a genuinely intriguing character. She is not the usual desperate junkie - she is not without resources, and when not being a prostitute works as a hairdresser and beautician. Is she able to have a `normal' relationship with anyone? At one stage the temperature between her and Catherine gets quite warm. Or is she emotionally burnt out by the rigours of the game? Anne Fontaine as director doesn't seem to want to explore her most interesting character so we are left to guess.


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