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  • Summary: When a ten-year-old girl fails the Conservatory entrance exam, she gives up on the piano. Ten years later she encounters the woman who she believes ruined her career and patiently waits for revenge.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The film flows like a sinister and unsettling piece of music, from gripping overture to the tightly orchestrated movements to the unforgettable coda.
  2. 83
    A little too neat, and self-consciously vague at the end. But it's fascinating to observe and try to interpret Fran├žois' mysterious smile as she eyes her boss.
  3. Director and co-writer Denis Dercourt infuses Melanie's calculating seduction of the family with a sense of genuine menace. You will not be bored.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Scripter-helmer Denis Dercourt's sixth feature is spare but classy, with an impressively controlled perf by Deborah Francois (the young mother in the Dardenne Bros.' "L'enfant") opposite popular and spot-on vet Catherine Frot.
  5. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    A revenge fantasy fit for a Seventies arthouse theatre: There are no knives or armies of kung-fu acrobats, no torture scenes involving rusty pliers; there's only a creeping malevolence quietly wreaking havoc on an otherwise normal bourgeois family.
  6. 50
    This premise may sound all right on paper, but on-screen it doesn't really wash: if the girl had been half as committed to music as she now is to revenge, she would have overcome her disappointment.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Jul 30, 2014
    "The Page Turner" tries to captivate the viewer with a remarkable elegance and a beautiful soundtrack. But it is overwhelmed by its vanity and fails to meet the high-quality standards it intends to. Expand