Intimacy (2001)



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

Movie Info

She comes to his bed-sit every Wednesday afternoon. They don't speak. They don't even know each other's name. But something passes between them as their bodies converge and passion ignites in the dim, carpeted silence of his basement bedroom. He has left his wife and family. Her story: a mystery, a puzzle waiting to be penetrated and unraveled. Their union: rife with longing and desire, an impermanent compulsion coiled in a fundamental need to reach out and connect with another person, another … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Adult
Directed By:
Written By: Anne-Louise Trividic, Patrice Chéreau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2004
Empire Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Intimacy

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (28)

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

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A film with a few floundering moments that becomes a powerful description of what it means to be intimate.

Full Review… | March 7, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Its somber ruminations on passion and desire, marriage and aloneness, resonate with unmistakable force.

January 17, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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

December 28, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Chereau ... creates a wonderful minor-chord symphony.

December 28, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Despite the efforts of Kureishi, Chereau and co-screenwriter Anne-Louise Trividic to make us believe in its realism. Toward the end, there are too many speeches.

Full Review… | December 14, 2001
Denver Post
Top Critic

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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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.

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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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