Intimate Strangers (2003)
Critic Consensus: 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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as Dr. Monnier
as Mrs. Mulon
as Dr. Monnier's Secretary
as Female Guard
as Mr. Michel
as The Customs Client
as The Student Nabokov
as The Mover
as The Dance Assistant
Critic Reviews for Intimate Strangers
A mysterious love story takes chances and mostly succeeds.
Those who know if they like the world of Leconte -- like those who know they like the world of Eric Rohmer or Jacques Rivette -- will look forward to seeing this film the way they might look forward to a fine meal prepared by a great chef.
What's at stake in Intimate Strangers is something quite small: The relationship between two lonely people. We care because Leconte helps us to understand their isolation, and we end up sharing their thirst for human contact.
Focusing on the expressive repression on his actors' faces, and keeping his camera so close to his subjects that you share their sense of wilful withdrawal from everything around them, Leconte keeps you riveted to the screen.
Audience Reviews for Intimate Strangers
not my type of film .
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!
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.
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