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Intimacy (2001)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 24

Acted out with both physical and psychological nakedness by its two leads, Intimacy is an unflinchingly honest look at alienation.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 5

Acted out with both physical and psychological nakedness by its two leads, Intimacy is an unflinchingly honest look at alienation.



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One man's sexual obsessions and emotional weaknesses are laid bare in this controversial drama. Jay (Mark Rylance) is a cold, emotionally distant man who abandoned his wife and children several years ago andnow works in a nightclub. Jay enters into an affair with a married woman, an amateur actress named Claire (Kerry Fox), in which their emotional needs barely enter the picture; they meet once a week and have sex, talking as little as possible and parting ways once they're done. One week, Jay


Drama, Adult

Patrice Chéreau, Anne-Louise Trividic

Jan 6, 2004

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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (24) | DVD (7)

There is an interesting story here, but the movie circles it at a distance.

April 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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A film with a few floundering moments that becomes a powerful description of what it means to be intimate.

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Its somber ruminations on passion and desire, marriage and aloneness, resonate with unmistakable force.

January 17, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It does get at the messy totalitarianism of uninvited emotions, and in that sense, it's haunting.

December 28, 2001
Washington Post
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Chereau ... creates a wonderful minor-chord symphony.

December 28, 2001
Washington Post
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Chereau's first English-speaking feature, based on Hanif Kureishi's stories, is a bold, full-frontal (literally) exploration of the mysteries of male and female sexual desire. As such, the audacious film will divide film critics and get NC-17 rating

May 28, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Pulsates with desperate, miserable passion.

October 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

It's ironic that a film exploring the mysteries of how people succeed and fail to connect with each other then fails to really connect with its audience.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

I'm sure Chereau meant this to be a searing portrait of psychic distance, and it certainly is bleak. What it is not, unfortunately, is riveting cinema.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

It's a brave art film only because of its porno sex scenes, but it is not necessarily a perceptive one.

June 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a frighteningly realistic look at completely passionless sex, and Fox and Rylance both do a good job of making us uncomfortable as we watch.

May 16, 2002
Planet Sick-Boy

Rylance and Fox, fine actors, bravely grapple through some astonishingly convincing copulation (did they or didn't they?), and even more bravely struggle with Chereau's unspeakable lines.

April 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

For all the sex and vicious psychological game-playing, Chereau's movie is strangely forgettable.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The sexual content diverts attention away from what is some very powerful acting by the film's talented cast.

March 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Its unflinching attitude toward sex is only weakened by the lack of enjoyment that the characters seem to have while actually having sex.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source:

Contains no great revelations, but a lot of outstanding performances.

January 29, 2002 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

Despite this shortcoming, Intimacy takes us places very few films have, and the central performances are excellent.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Porno for the squatter set.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

The movie is so groundbreaking ... as to be distracting.

January 17, 2002
Philadelphia Daily News

It's never clear ... what, if any, motivation is behind the affair in the first place, or what either participant expects to achieve from their weekly dose of secretive carnality.

January 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Rylance and Fox are equally incendiary and sympathetic in difficult, daring roles.

January 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian

The actors' raw emotional expressiveness lends the picture its memorably gritty impact.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Intimacy

Lust leads to intimacy. Intimacy leads to love. Love leads to turmoil. The sex scenes may be explicit and controversial but there is a lot more to this film than Mark Rylance's boudoir and Kerry Fox's booty.
March 11, 2012
Randy Tippy

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This is a surprisingly compelling film. Surprising, because a viewer may expect only to be titillated, or perhaps to be bored. Kerry Fox is alert and brilliantly self-contained as Claire, also hot in her nudity and sex scenes.
French director Patrice Chéreau looks upon these characters with a complexity of vision and the candor available to an outsider. He understands both the value and danger of anonymous erotic encounters. Each succeeding sex scene in the film reveals less, physically, and more, emotionally, about the characters.
September 6, 2009
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A somewhat difficult film to watch, as relationships and motivations were not always apparent. The sex was desperate and almost brutal and belied the title, as intimacy seemed to be the one thing missing from the affair. The lead Actress, Kerry Fox, while not a classic beauty, still managed to command the screen. Mark Rylance brought a simmering rage to his character, as Jay, the obsessed lover. And Timothy Spall was quietly understated as the cuckolded husband who evoked pity more than empathy. It was good to see Marianne Faithful as the ditzy friend, Betty, who nevertheless causes Claire to face her dilemma with honesty.
March 14, 2012
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

    1. Jay: Hey, back there for a minute you looked really sad.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Claire: I don't know how to use my energy. But he does.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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