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Double Lover Hosts New York Premiere

by Debbie Bancroft Photographed by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC
Monday, January 29, 2018
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Double Lover’s acclaimed director Francois Ozon (also of Swimming Pool), told the Cinema Society audience, “I know you Americans think the French are obsessed with sex. It’s true.” Throw in a healthy dose of terror, biology in a riveting story, loosely based on Joyce Carol Oates novel Lives of the Twins, and you have Double Lover.

Cinema Society’s Andrew Saffir said it was a mix of DePalma, Hitchcock and Cronenberg. Ozon told that me when it debuted at Cannes, people either loved it or hated it. I veered toward love, though am still recovering from bruises inflicted by my seatmates during the most shocking scenes. And you will never look at a twin the same way. In fact, it may make you wonder if your swollen stomach may not be from chicken parm, but rather a little leg and some hair from your ‘cannibilaized twin.’ Could be true.

Rattled, we stumbled from the Quad Cinema to the appropriately dark and sexy lair that is Omar’s. Jake Gyllenhaal was deep in conversation with Ozon (with whom he served as a judge at The Berlin Film Festival), and the beautiful star Marine Vacth (Chanel’s new face), but took a layman’s pause to talk to me. “I’m actually not working for another month or so.” I asked him if he sees other movies when he’s off. “Every minute I can. I have my own production company now, and want to see everything.” Gina Gershon and Liev Schreiber tucked into the bar for a private talk, and the rest mingled, analyzing the room, including: Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Amy Fine Collins, Helena Christensen, Clo Cohen (whose Cohen Media Group produced and sponsored), Jessica Joffe, Genevieve Jones, Jane Holzer (up from Palm Beach for a nano), Anna Lynne McCord, Catherine Malandrino and Nicole Miller.

Double Lover opens on Valentine’s Day, of course.


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