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Intimate Strangers back to product details

you could be misled
written by WDiComo February 9, 2005 - 1:42 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
If you're settling in prepared for some misogynist pervert manipulating a woman's inner life (as the synopsis suggests), you'll find out pretty quickly that that is NOT what develops. Sometimes frustrating in leaving the characters in mystery, this tale nevertheless has that peculiar French charm in portraying relationships of another stripe.
To say more I think would take away from the viewer's experience.

written by talltale January 4, 2005 - 5:29 AM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The premise of INTIMATE STRANGERS is enticing. If you don't already know it, and enjoy the French intellect, you should probably NOT read the above description and just give this one a shot. Director Patrice Leconte has made a number of good films ("Man on a Train," "Ridicule," "Monsieur Hire") and the cast here is superb (Sandrine Bonnaire and particularly Fabrice Luchini). If, however, you find yourself growing impatient as the film proceeds, it may be due to the moviemakers' need to play games rather than to deeply explore these characters. (Yes, yes, you can say that through games is how the director and writer choose to explore their characters. But, finally, this becomes a cheat.) Moment to moment the film is never less than interesting; subsidiary characters (the psychiatrist and secretary) are well-drawn; and visually, it's all quite beautiful, with lovely compositions throughout. For all its mystery about who, what and why, "Intimate Strangers" turns out to be surprisingly conventional, even sentimental. And where its soul ought to be is a game.


(Average 7.22)
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