Private Fears in Public Places (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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Ayckbourn, Jean-Michel Ribes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2007
IFC Films



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Critic Reviews for Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs)

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (24)

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

Full Review… | October 27, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

A graceful roundelay of disconnection

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

What makes Private Fears so extraordinary is not just how it completely upends the expectations that have come to seem inherent in such a structure, but how Resnais constantly pushes the boundaries of his, well, let's call it visual depiction.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Premiere Magazine

There is a different side to everyone in Alain Resnais' enigmatic film about six strangers whose Parisian lives randomly intersect.

Full Review… | November 30, 2007
Urban Cinefile

A gentle look at the pain of loneliness that almost all of us feel from time to time.

Full Review… | September 12, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs)


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 A

Super Reviewer


[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]
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[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.

Super Reviewer


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

Nicolas Korovessis

Super Reviewer

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