Atom Egoyan's erotic thriller, Chloe, starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried will be getting a limited North America theatrical release on March 26. Chloe is a young escort hired by Catherine (Moore) to seduce her husband (Neeson) and uncover the reasons behind his physical and emotional absence. When Chloe is successful and shares the stories with Catherine, she becomes obsessed with the accounts and tangled in a web of sexual desire that places everything, including her family, at risk. While the most memorable thing about the recent trailers is probably a kissing scene between Moore and Seyfried, the clip's end features a tense moment in which Seyfried catches her breath and, with tears in her eyes, lifts her gaze and stares directly into the camera. This is something the Armenian-Canadian director has done before in other films, and is certainly not something new to cinema.

For someone like Egoyan, themes of voyeurism, technology, isolation and alienation run rampant in his work and so it seems that the use of this technique makes his characters open and vulnerable to the filmgoer. He flips this a bit in Felicia's Journey when Joe's (Bob Hoskins) character momentarily confronts the audience with a stare before drugging his latest victim. A simple glance is all it takes to bridge the distance between the viewer and the events on screen and induce sympathy or even make them complicit to a crime.