Exceedingly slight and melancholy comedy from French auteur Alain Resnais.
Ayckbourn's play might have made frothy fun of this comedie humaine, on screen this feels a poor, airless thing.
Oh, I know I'm supposed to be ecstatic because it's from French New Wave director Alain Resnais, but all I can think is that it should be called Six Characters in Search of a Reason Why I Should Care.
The film is beautifully shot and edited, but these emotional snapshots won't stay long in the memory.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Despite a perfect cast of Resnais regulars plus the master's own impeccable crafting, the characters fail to grip, and with approximately 50 short scenes, development comes in fits and starts.
French art films aren't generally known for their feel-good endings, but a total lack of resolution can be just as cloying as happily ever after.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's well acted by Resnais's usual troop of performers, but this is decidedly one of the master's lesser works.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Who in their right mind would want to see a thing that makes you want to kill yourself at the end?
| Original Score: 2.3/5
Private Fears suffers from [director Alain] Resnais' inability to open it up and give it the look and pulse of a film.
Neither comic, nor tragic, nor tragicomic, the movie manages to be entirely inconsequential, gesturing at emotional truths which it is quite unable to embody.
| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: C+
Quiet desperation is an emotion you'll probably feel as you wait for the movie to end.
This French film based on a play by Scarborough's finest Sir Alan Ayckbourn is best described as a little bit pedestrian.
Resnais and his superb cast have poured their hearts into this film adaptation and anyone seeking mature entertainment should search for this gem.
| Original Score: B+
A graceful roundelay of disconnection
Spring surely follows winter, but there is no sign of a coming thaw in this bleakly melancholic comedy of manners and mortality.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
At least they'll always have Paris. And snow. And 100 days of solitude.
Private Fears in Public Places is far from difficult and that, it is also worth noting, is not a criticism. The film is accessible, pleasant, dreamy, a touch goofy and melancholic.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A gentle look at the pain of loneliness that almost all of us feel from time to time.
| Original Score: 9/10