Intimate Strangers (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

Original title:  Confidences Trop Intimes

France2004.  Les Films Alain Sarde, France 3 Cinéma, Zoulou Films, Assise Productions.  Scenario and dialogue by , adaptation by Jerome Tonnerre, Patrice Leconte.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

In this latest chamber piece of masterful subtlety from the wonderful Patrice Leconte,  is wonderful as a troubled woman who arrives for her appointment with a new psychiatrist and accidentally walks into the office of a tax lawyer instead (). She’s already told him her marital troubles and made an appointment for their next meeting by the time he’s realized her error, but he enjoys their conversation together so much that he lets it continue for another session before he realizes he must own up to the young woman and tell her the truth. After learning who he really is, however, Bonnaire discovers a connection with him that makes her keep coming back for more discussions, and he in turns falls deeply in love with her. Told with very little flourish, this is the perfect film for those who love the quiet, elegant muted romances that the French do so well. Fans of the fascinating Bonnaire will be especially pleased.

Berlin Film Festival:  In Competition

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