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Private Fears in Public PlacesSix elegant, unsettled French people who can't always get what they want move around beautiful Parisian rooms in Private Fears in Public PlacesPrivate Fears in Public PlacesForeign Language, DramaPT120MUnratedSix elegant, unsettled French people who can't always get what they want move around beautiful Parisian rooms in Private Fears in Public Places2007-04-11IFC First Take
Isabelle Carre, Lambert Wilson
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Private Fears in Public Places

Genre: Foreign Language, Drama; Starring: Sabine Azema, Lambert Wilson; Director: Alain Resnais; Author: Jean-Michel Ribes; Runtime (in minutes): 120; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: IFC First Take

Six elegant, unsettled French people who can’t always get what they want move around beautiful Parisian rooms in Private Fears in Public Places, Alain Resnais’ mature adaptation of a dramatic daisy chain by veteran British playwright Alan Ayckbourn. The interlocking relationships (real estate broker and his sister, broker’s assistant and a bartender, etc.) play out in adult dialogue triste but philosophical. The grand old filmmaker frames each scene like a fine painting. And fake snow falls with happy artificiality between rueful vignettes.

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