Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 29, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Intimate Strangers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
104 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/28/04
performer
Sandrine Bonnaire, Fabrice Luchine, Anne Brochet, Michel Duchaussoy
director
Patrice Leconte
distributor
Paramount Classics
author
Patrice Leconte, Jerome Tonnerre
genre
Foreign Language, Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

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.

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