Coeurs (2007)


Critic Consensus: The premise isn't anything new, but director Alain Resnais' attention to detail and smooth camerawork gives this movie a delicate edge.


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Sophie is Thierry's sister and roommate; she spends most of her time trying to find a boyfriend. Thierry is a real estate agent who shows Nicole several apartments. Nicole is looking for a three-bedroom to share with her fiance, Dan, but Dan has little interest in helping her, in fact, his only concern lately is getting drunk and his only acquaintance is the bartender, Lionel. Lionel listens to other people's problems, while his own are enormous. He cares for his sick and hateful father, and when he goes to work at night, Charlotte, a caregiver he has hired, takes over. Charlotte has a few tricks up her sleeve to keep Lionel's cantankerous father in check. The six collide and influence each other's lives in significant ways as they navigate the cold winter months in Paris.


Sabine Azéma
as Charlotte
Françoise Gillard
as Speakerine TV
Anne Kessler
as Présentatrice émission TV
Roger Mollien
as Soldat poète émission TV
Michel Vuillermoz
as Architecte émission TV
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Critic Reviews for Coeurs

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (25)

What reaches us, most of all, are the hidden, unmet longings that keep the film's Parisian characters from finding true happiness.

Oct 27, 2007 | Full Review…

Neither comic, nor tragic, nor tragicomic, the movie manages to be entirely inconsequential, gesturing at emotional truths which it is quite unable to embody.

Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The tenderness with which Resnais observes their efforts makes for genuinely enchanting entertainment.

Jun 23, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Private Fears suffers from [director Alain] Resnais' inability to open it up and give it the look and pulse of a film.

Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Resnais shapes affecting performances from a polished cast. He creates a warm, comic melancholy.

Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Resnais has always been an expressionist, using his settings and compositions to evoke the inner states of his characters. Here, tying expressionism to social critique, he becomes an improbable but unmistakable blood brother of Carl Dreyer.

Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Coeurs


I felt unattached from what should have been a touching and moving drama theatrical piece. Was the title intended to be Curse?

Nicolas Korovessis
Nicolas Korovessis

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Uneven but beautifully crafted study of the modern malaise of trying to connect. Not all the scenarios ring true but they are skillfully entwined with an affecting score.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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Middle-aged cast sorts out relationship problems so convincing, it's a bore.

William Goss
William Goss

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[font=Century Gothic]"Private Fears in Public Places" starts with Thierry(Andre Dussollier), an estate agent who lives with his younger sister, Gaelle(Isabelle Carre), showing an apartment to Nicole(Laura Morante) which she rejects because it is not large enough. Her fiance, Dan(Lambert Wilson), just thrown out of the army, wants a study just like his dad's. Dan spends most of his time indulging in two activites - sleeping and drinking. The latter he does in the company of his favorite bartender, Lionel(Pierre Arditi). Lionel lives with his elderly, invalid father who is so nasty that Lionel goes through caretakers on an hourly basis. The latest is Charlotte(Sabine Azema) who works with Thierry during the day.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Of all the things I expected from an Alain Resnais film, a pleasnt day at the theatre is the least of them, but that's what "Private Fears in Public Places" is similar to. All of the characters are entirely sympathetic but Gaelle and Nicole are the least well-defined and come close to being simple plot devices. Overall, this is a diverting and well-acted movie about loneliness and how one can be lonely even in a crowd or with someone. It is also about why one should be very, very careful about which videotapes one reuses. [/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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