The Page Turner is a French drama film centering around an important task of the page turner who is sitting behind the pianists and turns the pages of musical note for them. The film was chosen to be in the competition for Un Certain Regard Award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The story begins with a ten-year-old Mélanie, a talented piano player, taking an exam for music school. She is likely to pass but, unfortunately, fails because she was distracted by Ariane, the professional pianist and the jury, giving an autograph during her audition. Ten years later, Mélanie becomes Ariane’s page turner, waiting for her revenge.
The movie is directed and written by Denis Dercourt. Déborah François starring as Mélanie in the film is fantastic. Her silent facial expression speaks clearly on the screen. Veteran French actress Catherine Frot fits perfectly in the role of Ariane. Both characters share a sensible chemistry on the screen together. Revenge is sweet and it’s interesting to see how it is carried out in this film. The music is well composed in the film and served an emotional stimulator in the film.
All in all, this is a uniquely suspenseful physiological thriller drama. You could hardly guess how the story ends.
4 Stars out of 5 – recommend to fans of French film and suspense genre. You won’t be disappointed.