Intimate Strangers (2003)

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Critic Consensus: 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.


Movie Info

A disturbed-looking woman named Anna enters a Paris apartment building where white-collar professionals conduct business from their homes. The concierge--whose chronic involvement in a dopey soap opera is a wink to the melodrama at work in ordinary lives--tells her that Dr. Monnier's practice is on the fifth floor. Anna takes the elevator, chooses a door and is admitted by William, whose secretary has left for the day. Obviously upset, Anna explains it's an emergency. With minimum prompting from … More

Rating: R (for sexual dialogue)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jerome Tonnerre, Patrice Leconte
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 28, 2004
Box Office: $2.0M
Runtime:
Paramount Classics - Official Site

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Cast


as Dr. Monnier

as Jeanne

as Mrs. Mulon

as Dr. Monnier's Secret...

as Female Guard

as Messenger

as Mr. Michel

as The Customs Client

as The Student Nabokov

as The Dance Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Intimate Strangers

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (38)

A mysterious love story takes chances and mostly succeeds.

December 27, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 2, 2004
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

An Adults Only movie in the best sense of the term.

Full Review… | September 2, 2004
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

pleasant, compelling, worth a look

Full Review… | August 16, 2010
Cinema Writer

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

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Intimate Strangers

not my type of film .

erika250
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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!

Mark Abell
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.

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Janice :d

Super Reviewer

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