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Intimacy (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  28 March 2001 (France)
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A failed London musician meets once a week with a woman for a series of intense sexual encounters to get away from the realities of life. But when he begins inquiring about her, it puts their relationship at risk.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan, Jay's wife
Philippe Calvario ...
Michael Fitzgerald ...
Bar owner
Robert Addie ...
Bar owner
Deborah McLaren ...
Student at the drama school
Rebecca Palmer ...
Pam, girl in squat
Greg Sheffield ...
Jay's son
Vinnie Hunter ...
Jay's son (as Vinni Hunter)
Luke, Claire's son


Jay, a failed musician, walked out of his family and now earns a living as head bartender in a trendy London pub. Every Wednesday afternoon a woman comes to his house for graphic, almost wordless, sex. One day Jay follows her and finds out about the rest of her life (and that her name is Claire). This eventually disrupts their relationship. Written by Will Gilbert

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Every Wednesday, She meets once a week.


Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 March 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Intimidad  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£54,288 (UK) (27 July 2001)


$103,440 (USA) (26 October 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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The first mainstream English language film with an unsimulated sex scene to be passed uncut in Great Britain. See more »


Ian: You know when you're with someone there's only a very short time when you can really give each other things for free... with neither of you having to ask. Because later on all you do is make demands of each other. Perhaps the only difference between her and all the rest is that she's asking you for nothing.
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Harrowing but well worth watching
11 April 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film in Paris, mainly attracted to it by Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox, who are consistently terrific actors.

Looking at the other comments issued so far, I guess that most of the attention given the film will be on the graphic sex scenes, but in general they contributed well to the overall story of lost people looking for some connection in their lives, which in a city like London (as it is filmed) seems impossible. Still, I have no idea how a sexually repressed country like Britain will pass this film without cuts. It will be intriguing to see the infantile controversy that this film will ignite in the media when it plays here.

I wouldn't recommend this film for those who are used to fast-paced stories and quick-fire dialogue. I never found the pacing too slow but you have to watch everything carefully to feel the full impact of the movie.

If you have ever had a passionate but ultimately painful affair, this film will throw up all those feelings that you thought you had forgotten.

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