As their encounters grow intense, the lines between reality and fantasy blur and unexpected desires are awakened in all three propelling the film to its startling yet inevitable conclusion. We caught up with Seyfried, Moore, and the filmmakers to talk about sex, manipulation and other bedrocks of a good marriage. On the challenges of the film: I got really scared and was trying to think of a way to get out of it.
It was clearly the riskier choice, but it was also the better choice. The risk factor came with that I might not be able to pull it off and also the nudity could potentially create some damage with my American audience.
Keeping it within the bounds of normal human behavior. If you try to one line this movie: Each step feels like tragedy and is inevitable.
You see this lost girl falling in love with somebody. I knew her so well, and I just feel it would be hard not to appreciate her. She just felt something that made her need it and become addicted to it and obsessed with it, which was love.
That was her only motive to have that forever. So many movies are about getting married, and in life, marriage is long and complicated. After a while, you barely remember the beginning: Was it fourteen, fifteen years ago? I was very compelled by it. I delved as much as I could into the feelings of invisibility I was feeling. The different ways men were looking and not looking at me. The ways I could control a situation less than I had been before.
My journey through that I came out the other end a woman as I think Catherine does. She falls back in love with herself through Chloe as her younger self. She finds her youth again in a more mature body. To me this is about how to re-eroticize a marriage and find each other again and to crawl back to each other through this mutual jealousy that occurs.
Amanda and I had done most of our scenes by that point, so we were comfortable with each other. If you keep that consistent then they understand that this is just another scene. He never does anything against his instinct, and his instinct is always so specific and rooted in something so real.
Atom is particularly interested in the subtlety of human behavior. So often in film, everyone has an expectation that what the actor is saying is what they mean, when in fact life is rarely that way.