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  • Summary: Catherine (Ardant) is an attractive woman with a great career and a seemingly solid marriage to Bernard (Depardieu), her husband of 25 years. Their lives seem to be going well until Catherine discovers that Bernard is having an affair. Realizing that she does not really know her husband or what he really wants, Catherine hires Marlene (Béart), a beautiful prostitute, to act as "Nathalie," a woman who will seduce Bernard and extract answers to the questions that are obsessing her. (Koch Lorber) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Similar to the recent Emmanuelle Devos drama "Gilles' Wife," but it's as cool as that one was melodramatic.
  2. 80
    Nathalie becomes a complicated three-handed game, far more concerned with the narcissistic, pornographic and mutually manipulative relationship between Catherine and Nathalie than with the latter's purported affair with Bernard. If you live in New York, run, don't walk to see this on the big screen, because it won't be there long.
  3. 75
    In different hands and different lands, the same story could easily have been a pretentious bit of "Red Shoe Diaries" piffle. But exceptional performances and the oh-so-Frenchness of the complications instead produce an erotic tale that plays like the best gossipy story you ever heard about people you thought you knew.
  4. Whatever the plot, it is soothing to be in the company of Fanny Ardant, who plays Catherine and whose twenty-five-year career is dotted with small treasures.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Nathalie is intricate, provocative, cleanly acted, but it's never entirely convincing--and never more so than in the table-turning climax.
  6. Anne Fontaine's seductive film Nathalie is mostly about French star power and sex, so it's somewhat surprising that it is also subtle and intriguing.
  7. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    An intellectual-cum-sexual teaser whose twist is apparent far too early on.

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  1. MarcK.
    Jul 27, 2006
    Very interesting, and very sexy. Emmanuelle Beart is great in the lead role. Fanny Ardant also has a strong performance. Gerard Depardieu has the most famous name, but is barely in the picture. His role could have been played by just about anyone. Expand