Movie Review - Double Lover (L'Amant Double)
Marine Vacth stars as Chloé Fortin, a 25-year-old former model who chops off her long hair and works as a watch-woman at a museum. She's lonely and is having stomach pains. Her doctors tell her that it might be psychological. Considering where the movie goes, we somehow have to accept that all her doctors are incompetent. Ozon based the character on a character by Joyce Carol Oates in Lives of the Twins (1987) and I'm not sure if Oates ended it the same way as Ozon, but it makes Chloé less interesting because the conclusion is that she's just crazy or extremely sick.
Having that as a character trait isn't inherently bad, but it would have been more interesting if Chloé were doing everything she does of her own accord. The movie is predicated on Chloé getting therapy. Yet, this movie has no intention of taking therapy or mental illness with any seriousness. It's a wonder if any of the thoughts or desires are real or if any of it mattered. Vacth does convey a woman spiraling, pulled by furious and conflicting desires.
Speaking of Star Trek, Ozon's penultimate scene is similar to the penultimate scene in the 1969 episode titled "Whom Gods Destroy" where Mr. Spock has to choose between twins, just as Chloé has to choose between Paul and Louis, but she has to choose between them in the same way as Mr. Spock. The dialogue is almost exactly the same. Immediately after, there is a moment similar to the ending of Alien (1979). In that Star Trek episode, Kirk gets to make-out with a green woman. Here, there's more than just closed-mouth kissing. Here, there's hardcore intercourse, bloody cunnilingus, a threesome or possible foursome and a dildo with a strap-on. If that's appealing to anyone, than this movie is the one for you.
Not Rated but contains intense sexuality, language and full-frontal nudity.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 47 mins.
Available on DVD and VOD.