• Unrated, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Alain Resnais
    In Theaters:
    Apr 13, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 7, 2007
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Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs) Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Fernando F. Croce

A graceful roundelay of disconnection

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

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 Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

January 4, 2008
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 7, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 30, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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What reaches us, most of all, are the hidden, unmet longings that keep the film's Parisian characters from finding true happiness.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 27, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 9/10

September 12, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A feast for the eyes.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2007
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 20, 2007
Nick Funnell
Little White Lies

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

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

July 20, 2007
Stuart McGurk

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

Full Review Source: thelondonpaper | Original Score: 3/5

July 20, 2007
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

July 20, 2007
Tom Dawson
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

July 20, 2007
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph

July 20, 2007
James Christopher
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

July 20, 2007
Tom Dawson

Beautifully judged ensemble pieces.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 20, 2007
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

An insightful reflection on relationships and solitude.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 20, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

July 14, 2007
Anton Bitel

Spring surely follows winter, but there is no sign of a coming thaw in this bleakly melancholic comedy of manners and mortality.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 13, 2007
Kam Williams

At least they'll always have Paris. And snow. And 100 days of solitude.

Full Review Source: Toronto-Franco.com | Original Score: 2/4

July 7, 2007
Chris Fujiwara
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
December 7, 2007
Bill Weber
Stylus Magazine
December 1, 2007
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