Yesterday I asked my boss (me) for the afternoon off and she said yes (she’s a genius with staff morale) and rode over to the Brooklyn Heights Cinema to see the guilty-pleasure thriller “Chloe” by myself (literally: I was the only one in the theater.) Anyway, if you plan to see Chloe (and it’s ridiculous but pretty guilty-pleasurey), don’t read this because it’s too spoilery. But if you have seen it, please read it because I need your help figuring this movie out!! Okay, I have a question:
I know that Liam Neeson never met Chloe before she came into Cafe Diplomatica while Julianne Moore was accusing him of everything. (Or if he did meet her, it was just that one time in the cafe with the sugar and he understandably didn’t remember the encounter, which would actually make the most sense because it would speak to his flirtatious-yet-innocent character.) That’s a total duh. Unfortunately, everything I’ve been able to find about this movie online is written by people who think that that part is the movie’s “twist.” (Not reviewers, who can’t mention the twist. Regular people.) That is not the twist! At all. We know that Chloe made all of the sex with him up.
The ACTUAL twist is the final scene at Michael’s graduation party, when it’s spring and time has passed and everyone looks happy, and Julianne turns around and you’re supposed to notice that she’s wearing the hair clip that played such a big role in her and Chloe’s relationship and with which Chloe tried to KILL HER. Why would she be wearing that fucking thing??? Here are the possible reasons:
1. Even though Chloe threatened to ruin Catherine’s entire life, and definitely fucked up her son’s head and sexuality for the rest of his life, Catherine still, on some level, loved Chloe, and wears the clip after her death as a memorial to her and to that side of her own sexuality. Weird!
2. She wears it as some sort of revenge-item. Like “If you fuck with me I will push you out of a window and wear your favorite hair clip forever as a symbol of my dominance.” Kind of like the Israelites taking the foreskins of their enemies or Anthony Hopkins wearing the bear tooth as a necklace in The Edge. Also weird!
3. She needed something to put her hair up and it was the only thing lying around so she was like “fuck it, I’ll use this thing.”
4. The entire movie never happened. Catherine did meet Chloe in the bathroom, and took the hair clip, and fantasized this entire drama with her, but that’s it. This theory kind of works when you remember that the scene where Catherine actually contacts Chloe is never shown in the movie. Did they set up their first meeting in that bathroom? Did Catherine follow Chloe into the doorman building she could see from her OB/GYN office? This scene was already conspicuously missing long before the last shot.
Anyway, any insight into this would be much appreciated because WTF is up with that hair clip??
Also, my two favorite Chloe lines, both uttered by Chloe:
"I’m taking zinc." and "Do you have a page?"