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Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs) (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 52
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: The premise isn't anything new, but director Alain Resnais' attention to detail and smooth camerawork gives this movie a delicate edge.

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: The premise isn't anything new, but director Alain Resnais' attention to detail and smooth camerawork gives this movie a delicate edge.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 4,897

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Movie Info

Sophie is Thierry's sister and roommate; she spends most of her time trying to find a boyfriend. Thierry is a real estate agent who shows Nicole several apartments. Nicole is looking for a three-bedroom to share with her fiance, Dan, but Dan has little interest in helping her, in fact, his only concern lately is getting drunk and his only acquaintance is the bartender, Lionel. Lionel listens to other people's problems, while his own are enormous. He cares for his sick and hateful father, and … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Jean-Michel Ribes
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 7, 2007
Runtime:
IFC Films


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Critic Reviews for Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs)

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (14) | DVD (6)

What reaches us, most of all, are the hidden, unmet longings that keep the film's Parisian characters from finding true happiness.

Full Review… | October 27, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

The tenderness with which Resnais observes their efforts makes for genuinely enchanting entertainment.

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Private Fears suffers from [director Alain] Resnais' inability to open it up and give it the look and pulse of a film.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Resnais shapes affecting performances from a polished cast. He creates a warm, comic melancholy.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Resnais has always been an expressionist, using his settings and compositions to evoke the inner states of his characters. Here, tying expressionism to social critique, he becomes an improbable but unmistakable blood brother of Carl Dreyer.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A film about love and blunders done from the perspective of age, crafted by writer Alan Ayckbourn, 68, and director Alain Resnais, 85. Our younger directors and screenwriters should show this much brilliance and feeling.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A graceful roundelay of disconnection

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
CinePassion

What makes Private Fears so extraordinary is not just how it completely upends the expectations that have come to seem inherent in such a structure, but how Resnais constantly pushes the boundaries of his, well, let's call it visual depiction.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Premiere Magazine

There is a different side to everyone in Alain Resnais' enigmatic film about six strangers whose Parisian lives randomly intersect.

Full Review… | November 30, 2007
Urban Cinefile

A gentle look at the pain of loneliness that almost all of us feel from time to time.

Full Review… | September 12, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

A feast for the eyes.

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Warm and wry, funny and sad, cute and complicated.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Shadows on the Wall

Not one he'll be remembered for, but a cut above.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Little White Lies

While there's a quirky humour at work, the overall mood is of sadness, eloquently, if repetitively, expressed.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
thelondonpaper

Private Fears is so fluently made that its edginess only gradually becomes evident. It's both funny and sad, without underlining anything, and the playing is as good as you would expect from Resnais's regulars.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
This is London

Ayckbourn's play might have made frothy fun of this comedie humaine, on screen this feels a poor, airless thing.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Independent

This French film based on a play by Scarborough's finest Sir Alan Ayckbourn is best described as a little bit pedestrian.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Sun Online

Quiet desperation is an emotion you'll probably feel as you wait for the movie to end.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Daily Mirror [UK]

The theatrical, colour-coded sets, graceful camerawork and scene-bridging snowfall motif create a quasi-fairytale feel. But it's the beautifully tuned ensemble acting that infuses this funny, sad treat with real humanist heft.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Total Film

No one would argue that this slight six-hander is one of Resnais's greatest movies, but it's far from an embarrassment, and even its strained comic business is enclosed within a prevailing atmosphere of wistful resignation.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Daily Telegraph

Neither comic, nor tragic, nor tragicomic, the movie manages to be entirely inconsequential, gesturing at emotional truths which it is quite unable to embody.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Guardian

Although now well into his eighties, Resnais brings an elegance and lightness of touch to this romantic roundelay - it's not the most profound musing on life and love, but it's eminently watchable.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Times [UK]

Beautifully judged ensemble pieces.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
BBC.com

An insightful reflection on relationships and solitude.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Empire Magazine

Resnais and his superb cast have poured their hearts into this film adaptation and anyone seeking mature entertainment should search for this gem.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs)

½

Uneven but beautifully crafted study of the modern malaise of trying to connect. Not all the scenarios ring true but they are skillfully entwined with an affecting score.

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gor41
Gordon A

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]"Private Fears in Public Places" starts with Thierry(Andre Dussollier), an estate agent who lives with his younger sister, Gaelle(Isabelle Carre), showing an apartment to Nicole(Laura Morante) which she rejects because it is not large enough. Her fiance, Dan(Lambert Wilson), just thrown out of the army, wants a study just like his dad's. Dan spends most of his time indulging in two activites - sleeping and drinking. The latter he does in the company of his favorite bartender, Lionel(Pierre Arditi). Lionel lives with his elderly, invalid father who is so nasty that Lionel goes through caretakers on an hourly basis. The latest is Charlotte(Sabine Azema) who works with Thierry during the day.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic][/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Of all the things I expected from an Alain Resnais film, a pleasnt day at the theatre is the least of them, but that's what "Private Fears in Public Places" is similar to. All of the characters are entirely sympathetic but Gaelle and Nicole are the least well-defined and come close to being simple plot devices. Overall, this is a diverting and well-acted movie about loneliness and how one can be lonely even in a crowd or with someone. It is also about why one should be very, very careful about which videotapes one reuses. [/font]

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Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

I felt unattached from what should have been a touching and moving drama theatrical piece. Was the title intended to be Curse?

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Nutterjr
Nicolas Korovessis

Super Reviewer

Middle-aged cast sorts out relationship problems so convincing, it's a bore.

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wbgoose13
William Goss

Super Reviewer

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