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Amanda Seyfried: Sexy, Scary 'Chloe'

September 12, 2009 |  5:37 am

AmandaSeyfriedStory Think of "Chloe" as a contemporary "Fatal Attraction," the new thriller from the always intellectually challenging director Atom Egoyan which makes its public debut Sunday Evening at this Toronto fest. It's one of those films that shouldn't be, but for now is riding quietly under the radar. But this is Canada and Egoyan makes his home here, so it might get loud

The big stars are Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson as the doctor and professor whose perfect marriage has gone a bit limp, but the miracle is Amanda Seyfried, who is becoming one of the finest young actresses around. You might know her as the lovely oldest daughter from "Big Love," or the beautiful only daughter from "Mama Mia," with Meryl Streep. She's the one with eyes so big and blue they threaten to take over her face, and a Raphael-esque tumble of golden curls. Oh, and she can act.

While she's usually the innocent, this time she's not and she slips into, and out of, her hooker's clothing with a great seductive power, and proceeds, with Julianne Moore's blessing, to seduce the good doctor, whose wife fears he might not be so good after all.

The film has that lush, romantic, other-worldly feel of most of Egoyan's work. And he stays true to his habit of taking us to places where life becomes uncomfortably complicated. There are twists and turns everywhere, and the sex, because with a young prostitute at the center of the story you know there will be sex, is like the streets of the town, and the wistful loss of a marriage, as beautiful as it is chilling to watch.

-- Film critic Betsy Sharkey

Photo: Amanda Seyfried at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Credit: Getty Images