Intimate Strangers 2003

Intimate Strangers

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Intimate Strangers is Hitchcockian noir with a Gallic twist: Rather than simply imitating the genre's form, director/screenwriter Patrice Leconte delves into the underlying psychological drama.

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When a beautiful woman named Anna (Sandrine Bonnaire) mistakes a psychiatrist's office for that of tax attorney William (Fabrice Luchini), she unwittingly confesses her deepest and darkest secrets to a perfect stranger. Sexually repressed and lonely, William doesn't have the courage to reveal his true identity to Anna. Maintaining the deception, William begins to enjoy the fake therapy sessions. Every week, the pair meet, and they forge an odd and erotic relationship.

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Critic Reviews for Intimate Strangers

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (89) | Rotten (15)

Audience Reviews for Intimate Strangers

  • Sep 15, 2010
    not my type of film .
    erika b Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2010
    Literally, "Too Intimate Confidences", this is a quiet tale of mistaken identity that becomes a deep and lasting friendship. Sandrine Bonnaire is radiant as Anna, a woman who seeks the help of a therapist and accidentally (?) winds up in the office of a tax attorney, William (Fabrice Luchini), where she dumps a load of emotional freight before he realizes her mistake. What develops flows from that initial misunderstanding and was a pure joy to watch, from the clucking reluctance of his secretary, to the helpful advice from the therapist down the hall, to that of his ex-girlfriend. The story moved naturally, if haltingly, as these two lonely people learned to listen to each other and grew to trust one another. This is about following one's heart, pursuing one's dreams, and learning to really care about another person. Both of these characters have emotional voids and it is engrossing to watch those vulnerabilities play out before us. Beautifully filmed, marvelous editing, and a script that was properly nuanced to give the viewer enough to keep one interested, but not so much that it became predictable. The supporting cast was marvelous, with each character bringing something important to the mix. Of particular note, Urbain Cancelier, as one of the good doctor's patients, played the grocer in Amelie, and this viewer thought how fitting he would wind up in therapy after Amelie got through with him!
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2009
    Really NOT what I was originally expecting. This felt like 1h43mins of a tedious soap opera. Yes, it was highly melodramatic, and failed at being anywhere near artistic. Definitely a forgettable film.
    Janice : Super Reviewer

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