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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Patrice Chéreau originally wanted Gary Oldman for the lead role, but he turned it down because of the sex scenes. The actor helped him with showing different locations in London. 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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References Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973) See more »


Nobody's Fault But Mine
Performed by Dream City
Composed Michael Sheehy, Andrew Park, Lawrence Ash
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One for the Film Studies class.
18 March 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A disturbing, theatrical, thought-provoking, difficult-to-watch film which revolves around a sexual relationship between two people who almost never talk to each other. There is passion but no intimacy in this relationship, in fact there is no intimacy between any of the characters in this film. The male character begins to yearn intimacy, but the female character seems content with 'meaningless' sex. Overall the film is a dark and uncomfortable study, well acted but a bit too "arty" for my liking.

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