Chloe

*Warning: This post contains spoilers if you have not seen the movie*

Chloe was produced in Toronto and released in the US in 2010, grossing a mere $3,000,000 despite a renowned cast including Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, and Julianne Moore. The film was marketed as a drama and a thriller with the tagline: “If the one you love was lying to you, how far would you go to find out the truth?” The truth is, with its homophobic ending, Chloe is more of a horror story for any non-heterosexual viewers.

Catherine, played by Julianne Moore, is afraid that her husband David, played by Liam Neeson, is cheating on her after he misses his surprise birthday party. She hires Chloe, an escort, to seduce David in an attempt to prove (or disprove) her fears. Chloe is played by Amanda Seyfried, and I was skeptical at first of her ability to play the role of seductress as I had recently seen her play the young and bubbly Sophie in Mamma Mia! But I was pleasantly surprised when I realized not only how well she embodied that role but also that her aim was not to seduce David but to seduce Catherine.

Catherine is receptive to Chloe’s advances, feeling estranged from both her husband and her teenaged son. With the identity of mother and wife shaky, Catherine finds comfort in Chloe’s arms. And then the homophobia comes out as if any transgression from being a straight woman warrants punishment or a cleansing. Chloe, who up until this point has been nothing more than self-sufficient and considerate, becomes a stalker. She calls Catherine incessantly, shows up at her place of work uninvited, and when Catherine informs Chloe that their affair was only part of their business transaction, Chloe begins to stalk Catherine’s son.

When Catherine arrives home and finds Chloe and her son in her bed, Catherine and Chloe begin to fight. Catherine shoves her son out of her bedroom, and Chloe pushes her metal hairpin to Catherine’s neck, drawing blood. At Chloe’s prompting, Catherine admits that she finds Chloe beautiful. Chloe lets down her guard, and Catherine leans in to kiss her. But upon looking up from the embrace, she sees her son’s reflection in the mirror and pushes Chloe away from her…and out the glass window.

The last scene of the film is of the son’s high school graduation party in Catherine’s home. No dialogue occurs. David and Catherine exchange a smile. Catherine and her son exchange a smile. And when Catherine turns around to address a guest, the audience sees that Catherine is wearing Chloe’s hairpin.

By transforming Chloe into something dangerous, which must be destroyed for any resolution to the film‘s plot, the film perpetuates the notion that deviations from heterosexuality are not only punishable offenses but also inherently dangerous to even the most irreproachable family standard. Despite the laudable performances of both Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore and the strength of the connection between them, it must be acknowledged that in our current world of marginalized and bullied homosexuals, this resolution is nothing but harmful.

Rating:

Love scene = ★★★★★
Ending = 0 stars
Overall = Thumbs Down ⇩ for killing the lesbian

~Katy & Stacy

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~ by thornfieldrose on March 19, 2012.

 
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