Private Fears in Public Places 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… Private Fears in Public Places 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… Unrated PT120M Drama Foreign Language Sabine Azema Lambert Wilson IFC First Take
Movie Review

Private Fears in Public Places

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Isabelle Carre, Lambert Wilson | WOE IS MOI Laura Morante and Lambert Wilson are among Private Fears ' troubled pairs in Paris
WOE IS MOI Laura Morante and Lambert Wilson are among Private Fears' troubled pairs in Paris
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Rated: Unrated; Length: 120 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Sabine Azema and Lambert Wilson; 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.

Originally posted Apr 11, 2007 Published in issue #930 Apr 20, 2007 Order article reprints