Intimacy

2001

Intimacy

Critics 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.

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Critic Reviews for Intimacy

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (24)

  • Intimacy benefits from cinematographer Eric Gautier's brilliant use of a handheld camera and imaginative wide-screen compositions. The threat of bathos is also kept at bay by the assured performances.

    Sep 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • There is an interesting story here, but the movie circles it at a distance.

    Apr 26, 2002 | Rating: B-
  • A film with a few floundering moments that becomes a powerful description of what it means to be intimate.

    Mar 7, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Its somber ruminations on passion and desire, marriage and aloneness, resonate with unmistakable force.

    Jan 17, 2002
  • It does get at the messy totalitarianism of uninvited emotions, and in that sense, it's haunting.

    Dec 28, 2001
  • Chereau ... creates a wonderful minor-chord symphony.

    Dec 28, 2001

Audience Reviews for Intimacy

  • Mar 13, 2012
    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 A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2011
    "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 Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2009
    This is a surprisingly compelling film. Surprising, because a viewer may expect only to be titillated, or perhaps to be bored. Kerry Fox is alert and brilliantly self-contained as Claire, also hot in her nudity and sex scenes. French director Patrice Chéreau looks upon these characters with a complexity of vision and the candor available to an outsider. He understands both the value and danger of anonymous erotic encounters. Each succeeding sex scene in the film reveals less, physically, and more, emotionally, about the characters.
    Dean M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer

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