Rating: ***

Despite being based on a French film, the new movie from Atom Egoyan bears all the earmarks of the director’s work.

Continuing his career-long examination of sexual taboos and miscommunication, he has made a movie that is part sexual Scheherazade, part Single White Female, but is also his most straightforward movie in years.

Starring Amanda Seyfried as an escort hired by Catherine (Julianne Moore) to test her husband’s (Liam Neeson) fidelity, it’s a steamy thriller the director calls “an extreme examination of how to re-eroticize a marriage.”

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