In the half-Hitchcockian French love thriller Intimate Strangers, an unhappy woman (”La Cérémonie”’s alluringly grave Sandrine Bonnaire) begins recounting her marital woes in an office she mistakes for that of a psychiatrist. But she doesn’t stop, even when she discovers that her confidant (Fabrice Luchini) is no shrink, just a mild, bachelor tax accountant stunned into obsession by the erotic restlessness that has blown his way. Patrice Leconte (”The Man on the Train”) claims that this slight but satisfyingly slinky tale may be his last love story. Let’s hope it isn’t, since the director of ”Monsieur Hire” (which also starred Bonnaire) is such a dependable connoisseur of oddballs who complete one another.
Genre: Foreign Language, Drama, Comedy; Starring: Sandrine Bonnaire, Fabrice Luchine, Anne Brochet, Michel Duchaussoy; Director: Patrice Leconte; Author: Patrice Leconte, Jerome Tonnerre; Runtime (in minutes): 104; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Paramount Classics
Posted July 29 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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