Intimacy (2001)



Critic Consensus: Acted out with both physical and psychological nakedness by its two leads, Intimacy is an unflinchingly honest look at alienation.

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She comes to his bed-sit every Wednesday afternoon. They don't speak. They don't even know each other's name. But something passes between them as their bodies converge and passion ignites in the dim, carpeted silence of his basement bedroom. He has left his wife and family. Her story: a mystery, a puzzle waiting to be penetrated and unraveled. Their union: rife with longing and desire, an impermanent compulsion coiled in a fundamental need to reach out and connect with another person, another body.
R (for strong sexual content and language)
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Kerry Fox
as Claire
Robert Addie
as Bar Owner
Deborah McLaren
as Student at the Drama School
Greg Sheffield
as Jay's Son
Vinni Hunter
as Jay's Son
Joe Prospero
as Claire's Son
Sian Reeves
as Woman at the Audition
Paola Dionisotti
as Amanda in 'The Glass Menagerie'
Marcello Walton
as Tom in 'The Glass Menagerie'
Christian Malcom
as Jim in 'The Glass Menagerie'
Jonathan Emmett
as Andy's Friend
Xavier Loira
as Boy in Squat
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Critic Reviews for Intimacy

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (24)

There is an interesting story here, but the movie circles it at a distance.

April 26, 2002
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A film with a few floundering moments that becomes a powerful description of what it means to be intimate.

Full Review… | March 7, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Its somber ruminations on passion and desire, marriage and aloneness, resonate with unmistakable force.

January 17, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It does get at the messy totalitarianism of uninvited emotions, and in that sense, it's haunting.

December 28, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Chereau ... creates a wonderful minor-chord symphony.

December 28, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Despite the efforts of Kureishi, Chereau and co-screenwriter Anne-Louise Trividic to make us believe in its realism. Toward the end, there are too many speeches.

Full Review… | December 14, 2001
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Intimacy

A somewhat difficult film to watch, as relationships and motivations were not always apparent. The sex was desperate and almost brutal and belied the title, as intimacy seemed to be the one thing missing from the affair. The lead Actress, Kerry Fox, while not a classic beauty, still managed to command the screen. Mark Rylance brought a simmering rage to his character, as Jay, the obsessed lover. And Timothy Spall was quietly understated as the cuckolded husband who evoked pity more than empathy. It was good to see Marianne Faithful as the ditzy friend, Betty, who nevertheless causes Claire to face her dilemma with honesty.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer


Lust leads to intimacy. Intimacy leads to love. Love leads to turmoil. The sex scenes may be explicit and controversial but there is a lot more to this film than Mark Rylance's boudoir and Kerry Fox's booty.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

"Intimacy" is a pretty depressing picture. A guy named Jay is having an affair (well more like a Last Tango In Paris affair) with this mature woman named Claire. The meet, have small talk, and then have quick sex. How these two meet in the first place? and wouldn't Claire have anything to say Jay since they keep meeting every Wednesday afternoon? Later on Jay stalks and finds a bit about Claire's personal life (an amtaure theater actress) and meets even Claire's husband played by Timothy Spall. I knew a bit about Jay's personal life in this film. Two kids and an ex-wife, works as a head bartender, befriends a gay man who gives honest suggestions about Jay's personal affair, another friend who keeps crashing by his place, and Jay's frustration dealing with loneliness. This film wouldn't be so bad if their was some sort of connection between the main character Jay and Claire but there isn't really and left me with the feeling of hollowness. The raw sex becomes reptitive and dull since it's clear there is no real intimacy between the two lonely souls. Sad.

Brian R
Brian R

Super Reviewer

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