"L'Amant Double"

Ozon is back to his old tricks (and erotic stylings) in this frisky psychological thriller. And the wild card’s twisted romp has left many scratching their heads – and shuffling awkwardly in their seats.

Damsel-in-distress Chloé embarks on simultaneous affairs with her therapist, dependable but dull Paul, and his estranged sex-crazed twin brother Louis (both played by Jérémie Renier), also a psychoanalyst. Cue a startling close-up of the lead’s vagina; such explicit rumpy pumpy Fifty Shades of Grey’s S&M frolics pale in comparison; and trippy fantasy sequences.

By act 2, we’re already light-years from risqué. For all the raunch, Ozon deftly steers clear of smut and delivers a ballsy yet oddly haunting opus.

Director: François Ozon
Starring: Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier

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