With this film, we're finally able to say that Toronto proudly depicts itself; the whole story is set in our lovely city and the film crews were based in our streets for the unbelievably short filming time of 37 days! The movie had its premiere at Roy Thomson Hall on September 13, 2009. While watching the movie, you'll spot a couple of iconic landmarks with small cameos here throughout the movie: Frank Gehry's Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario College of Art and Design, the Royal Ontario Museum, and familiar facilities such as the Ice Rink at Riverdale Park.
Catherine (Julianne Moore), a successful middle aged gynaecologist that has what seems to be a perfect marriage with college professor David (Liam Neeson), is raising their teenage son in a beautiful Toronto home, living a happy middle-class life. Or maybe not exactly as flawless as it seems? After he misses his big surprise birthday party, Catherine begins to suspect her husband of infidelity. She decides to hire an escort, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), to test his loyalty and carefully directs her actions of seduction. What starts off as a good idea slowly becomes more complicated and puts the whole family in danger.
Atom Egoyan's movie has been called one of the most honest representations of Toronto and moreover the story is very deliberately set in Toronto, as opposed to only using our city as a cheaper location for New York City or Chicago. This really is a celebration of Toronto! We will focus on the most important locations where some of the key scenes take place and where you probably walk past almost every day yourself. You can have lunch or shop exactly where the shining cast of Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried were living it up!
Watch the interviews with the actors and the production team that reveal exclusive behind-the-scenes trivia:
- This is the first foreign-financed film that is set entirely in Toronto and the director is really enthusiastic about it!
- As both are very successful in their jobs, the married couple can really afford a good location! Their beautiful modern ravine house designed by Drew Mandel is actually located on Heathdale Road, overlooking the magnificent Cedarvale Ravine, one of the most prominent neighbourhoods in Toronto.
- If you have a good eye, you will probably notice that the outside of the house and the indoor architecture do not exactly match up. Why is that? To protect the privacy of the house owners from fans, they used shots of another house on Heathdale Street) designed by Stephen Teeple instead.
- Another Toronto location that gets a lot of screen time throughout the movie is the Windsor Arms Hotel. This is where Chloe takes her clients, occasionally followed by the glances of Catherine from her office above, or spends her time waiting for potential clients in the hotel bar. You can see its surroundings, as well as the insides, the tea room and the Prime Steak House, which you can see in a movie clip below.
- If you're a fan of classical music and were carried away by the concert scene, it was the Royal Conservatory of Music with its great acoustics! After the concert, just like Catherine, take a night walk along the Philosopher's Walk and admire the entrance to the ROM, Crystal by Daniel Libeskind in the night.
- Liam Neeson's wife died suddenly from a head injury after a skiing accident at Mont-Tremblant during the filming in 2009. Liam returned to the set and finished all his remaining scenes.
- Catherine's office is in a high-rise building on Yorkville Avenue (streetview of real Hazelton Hotel). In a lot of scenes, she looks out her window down on the street, where she spots the character of Chloe one day.
- Things get a bit steamy between David and Chloe during one of their dates in the beautiful Allan Gardens.
Having a Bite Where the Stars Once Sat
Want to sit back and enjoy a meal at some of the many restaurants and bars of Toronto that made it to the movie? Good news, you really can!
- Toronto's fancy bar, One, becomes the location for one of the meetings between Catherine and Chloe, where she talks about her plan to reveal her husband's infidelity.
- Another one of their meetings, where Catherine goes over the details of Chloe and David's dates on her request, is set at the hip LeVack Block bar on Ossington Avenue.
- They also meet for a coffee at The Rivoli restaurant in the busy shopping district of Queen Street West, where you can clearly see the shops through the windows.
- One of the key scenes takes place in the cozy corner Cafe Diplomatico located on 594 College Street.
Filming Locations Map
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