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Intimate Strangers (Confidences trop intimes) (2003)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 102
Fresh: 88 | Rotten: 14

Intimate Strangers is Hitchcockian noir with a Gallic twist: Rather than simply imitating the genre's form, director/screenwriter Patrice Leconte delves into the underlying psychological drama.

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 5

Intimate Strangers is Hitchcockian noir with a Gallic twist: Rather than simply imitating the genre's form, director/screenwriter Patrice Leconte delves into the underlying psychological drama.

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Directed by Patrice Leconte, Confidences Trop Intimes revolves around Anna (Sandrine Bonnaire), who, after suffering from an abusive relationship, approaches a psychiatrist for advice. Determined not to leave anything out, Anna immediately begins an intimate retelling of her life story; unfortunately, she has entered the wrong office. Both intrigued by her story and reluctant to embarrass her, William (Fabrice Luchini), the shy tax lawyer on the receiving end of Anna's diatribe, tries to

Dec 28, 2004

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All Critics (109) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (88) | Rotten (14) | DVD (6)

A mysterious love story takes chances and mostly succeeds.

December 27, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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Those who know if they like the world of Leconte -- like those who know they like the world of Eric Rohmer or Jacques Rivette -- will look forward to seeing this film the way they might look forward to a fine meal prepared by a great chef.

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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An Adults Only movie in the best sense of the term.

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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What's at stake in Intimate Strangers is something quite small: The relationship between two lonely people. We care because Leconte helps us to understand their isolation, and we end up sharing their thirst for human contact.

August 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Focusing on the expressive repression on his actors' faces, and keeping his camera so close to his subjects that you share their sense of wilful withdrawal from everything around them, Leconte keeps you riveted to the screen.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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It's a film that teases us with the realm of possibilities and a few really funny scenes.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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pleasant, compelling, worth a look

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Director Patrice Leconte subtly infuses the movie with humor and psychological depth.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

[Leconte is] among the best today at turning out films in the classic French mode.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

It doesn't quite ring true, but it is absorbing, nonetheless.

February 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

One day we're going to look back and wonder how we never quite noticed how very good Patrice Leconte is.

January 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

... full of meaningful moments, aesthetic pleasures, and the joy that comes from the close study of a character's expressions, confessions, and silences.

December 31, 2004
Looking Closer

One of the most unusual screen romances of 2004.

December 17, 2004

The performances...make it worth soldiering past many obvious doubts (how hard is it to say, "You're in the wrong office"?) to find out what happens.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

A brilliant entertainment, highlighted by Luchini's almost constantly perplexed expression...a subtle tale of personal relationships.

September 20, 2004 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

Though it keeps raising the stakes, it never actually allows anything to happen. It is intent on remaining a talky drama.

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

A movie of conversations and asides, the treasures to be found in the intangible asides and gestures that add depth to the surface words.

September 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

Like its seductive protagonist, Intimate Strangers is a masterful tease.

September 8, 2004 Full Review
Las Vegas Mercury

More like a voyeuristic fantasy that overstayed its welcome than a real romance.

September 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Can you have a Hitchcockian thriller without a body, or even a crime? Yes, and cleverly so.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

... there's an air of mystery that hangs lightly in the atmosphere, never overtaking the unusual intimacy that develops between our protagonists.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

The performances by the leads go a long way to make this believable. And there's no denying their chemistry.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

From the symbolic interiors on, this is a movie that Freud would love to put on a couch.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

A complex portrait emerges of two people, without revealing or settling too much of anything.

September 2, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Intimate Strangers (Confidences trop intimes)

not my type of film .
October 17, 2010
erika250
erika bruhns

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Literally, "Too Intimate Confidences", this is a quiet tale of mistaken identity that becomes a deep and lasting friendship. Sandrine Bonnaire is radiant as Anna, a woman who seeks the help of a therapist and accidentally (?) winds up in the office of a tax attorney, William (Fabrice Luchini), where she dumps a load of emotional freight before he realizes her mistake. What develops flows from that initial misunderstanding and was a pure joy to watch, from the clucking reluctance of his secretary, to the helpful advice from the therapist down the hall, to that of his ex-girlfriend. The story moved naturally, if haltingly, as these two lonely people learned to listen to each other and grew to trust one another. This is about following one's heart, pursuing one's dreams, and learning to really care about another person. Both of these characters have emotional voids and it is engrossing to watch those vulnerabilities play out before us. Beautifully filmed, marvelous editing, and a script that was properly nuanced to give the viewer enough to keep one interested, but not so much that it became predictable. The supporting cast was marvelous, with each character bringing something important to the mix. Of particular note, Urbain Cancelier, as one of the good doctor's patients, played the grocer in Amelie, and this viewer thought how fitting he would wind up in therapy after Amelie got through with him!
June 3, 2010
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

Really NOT what I was originally expecting. This felt like 1h43mins of a tedious soap opera. Yes, it was highly melodramatic, and failed at being anywhere near artistic.

Definitely a forgettable film.
May 29, 2009
Parannoyed

Super Reviewer

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    1. William: The more I see her, the less I know what's going on.
    – Submitted by Frances H (8 months ago)
    1. William: Taxes tell a life story. It's all there. Birth, marriage, divorce, successes, failures and death.
    – Submitted by Frances H (8 months ago)
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