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Intimacy -- 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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28 March 2001 (France) See more »
Every Wednesday, She meets once a week.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Worthwhile exploration of wordless love and loveless words See more (75 total) »


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Mark Rylance ... Jay

Kerry Fox ... Claire

Susannah Harker ... Susan, Jay's wife

Alastair Galbraith ... Victor
Philippe Calvario ... Ian

Timothy Spall ... Andy

Marianne Faithfull ... Betty

Fraser Ayres ... Dave
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)

Joe Prospero ... Luke, Claire's son

Sian Reeves ... Woman at the audition (as Siân Reeves)

Paola Dionisotti ... Amanda in 'The Glass Menagerie'

Marcello Walton ... Tom in 'The Glass Menagerie'
Christian Malcolm ... Jim in 'The Glass Menagerie' (as Christian Malcom)

Amy Lindsay (as Katie Campbell)
Roderic Culver ... Barman
Jonathan Emmett ... Andy's friend playing pool
Gideon Gent
Alison Lintott
Xavier Loira ... Boy in squat
Kate Orr
Clare Wayland

Directed by
Patrice Chéreau 
Writing credits
Hanif Kureishi (stories)

Anne-Louise Trividic (written by) and
Patrice Chéreau (written by)

Produced by
Patrick Cassavetti .... producer
Jacques Hinstin .... producer
Peter McAleese .... line producer
Lesley Stewart .... line producer
Charles Gassot .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Éric Neveux  (as Eric Neveux)
Cinematography by
Eric Gautier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
François Gédigier  (as François Gedigier)
Casting by
Karen Lindsay-Stewart 
Production Design by
Hayden Griffin 
Art Direction by
Jacqueline Abrahams 
Set Decoration by
Linda Wilson (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Caroline de Vivaise 
Makeup Department
Karen Edwards .... makeup artist
Ivana Primorac .... chief hair stylist
Ivana Primorac .... chief makeup artist
Production Management
Peter McAleese .... production manager (uncredited)
Ben Rimmer .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Lesley Stewart .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Booker .... second assistant director
Spencer Dodd .... third assistant director (as Spencer Dodds)
Antoine Garceau .... first assistant director
Jez Oakley .... third assistant director
Toby Sherborne .... second assistant director
Art Department
Brian Adams .... carpenter
Philip Babbage .... plasterer (as Phil Babbage)
Pat Bailey .... painter
Peter Burden .... dressing props
Will Cann .... dressing props (as William Cann)
Tommy Dowdalls .... carpenter (as Tommy Dowdells)
Martin Hammerton .... carpenter
Campbell Mitchell .... stand-by prop
Tom Pleydell-Pearce .... prop master
Gary Saunders .... carpenter
Tom Terry .... assistant stand-by props
John Watt .... construction manager
Linda Wilson .... production buyer
Stefan Zambinski .... art department runner (as Stephan Zambinski)
Sound Department
Paul Botham .... boom operator
Katia Boutin .... post-synchronisation assistant
Laurence Briaud .... dialogue editor
Olivier Do Huu .... assistant sound mixer (as Olivier Dô Hùu)
Xavier Drouault .... assistant foley artist
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound engineer
Jean-Louis Lebras .... sound
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronization (as Jacques Levy)
Françoise Maulny .... post-synchronization assistant (as Françoise Maulny-Levy)
Nadine Muse .... sound editor
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Francis Perreard .... consultant: Dolby (as Francis Pereard)
Dick Phillips .... boom operator
Hervé Roux .... consultant: D.T.S.
Guillaume Sciama .... sound engineer
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt performer (as Nrinder Dhuward)
Morgan Johnson .... stunt performer
Crispin Layfield .... stunt performer
Brian Nickels .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Bear .... video playback operator
François Berroir .... gaffer
Dave Burk .... generator operator
Xavier Cholet .... best boy electric
Jack English .... still photographer
Simon Finney .... focus puller
Tom Gates .... electrician
Dai Hopkins .... grip
Julie Lemasson .... clapper loader
Micky May .... electrician
Sarah Rollason .... clapper loader
Jamie Summers .... electrician (uncredited)
Thomas Thomas .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Isaac .... assistant costume designer
Jane Petrie .... costume assistant
Kate Towns .... costume assistant
Natalie Ward .... wardrobe supervisor (as Nathalie Ward)
Editorial Department
Laurence Briaud .... assistant editor
Hélène de la Morinerie .... assistant editor (as Hélène De La Morinerie)
Mike Fromentin .... assistant editor
Alain Guarda .... grader
Isabelle Julien .... grader
Lucile Sautarel .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ian Pollington .... assistant location manager (as Ian Polington)
Ben Rimmer .... location manager
Bill Darby .... location scout (uncredited)
Teresa Darby .... location manager: pre-production (uncredited)
Music Department
Stéphane Briand .... assistant music mixer
Valérie Lindon .... music consultant
Didier Lizé .... music mixer (as Didier Lize)
Éric Neveux .... music consultant (as Eric Neveux)
Transportation Department
John Abernathy .... driver
Mike Beaven .... unit driver
Eddie Coleman .... driver
John d'Arcy Haldane .... driver
Tim Jeffries .... driver
Enyo Mortty .... unit driver
Dave Naden .... driver
John Nichol .... driver
Terry Quintin .... driver
Terry Reece .... unit driver
Peter Scorah .... driver
Laurence Turner .... driver (as Lawrence Turner)
Paul Venezia .... driver
Other crew
Jamie Atkins .... caterer
Erica Bensly .... production coordinator
Sylvie Chevereau-Marchais .... production accountant
Ken Clarkson .... caterer
Charles Gassot .... presenter
Nigel Gearing .... dialogue editor: English
Natasha Gormley .... production assistant
Laurence Granec .... publicist
Ray Gray .... security officer
Andrew Hill .... safety officer
Richard Hyland .... production accountant
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Eth Ibrahim Maynard .... assistant coordinator (as Eth Ibrahim)
Jason Moyce .... security officer
Mary Price .... nurse
Mark Soar .... caterer
Rebecca Sutton .... crowd coordinator
Jo Underwood .... floor runner
Ryan Lee West .... production runner
Emma Williams .... nurse
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialogue coach (as Julia Wilson-Dickson)
Ian Burley .... special thanks
Vincent Franklin .... special thanks
Christophe Honoré .... special thanks
Lennie James .... special thanks
Roland Manookian .... special thanks
Pierre Trividic .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language (heavily cut)
119 min | USA:107 min (R-rated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Nobody's Fault But MineSee more »


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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Worthwhile exploration of wordless love and loveless words, 6 August 2001
Author: Geofbob from London, England

Though it may not achieve all its aims, Patrice Chereau's would-be existentialist drama, adapted from stories by Hanif Kureishi, makes a welcome change from the recent run of London-based thrillers and comedies. Intriguing while it focuses on the obsessive sexual relationship between non-committal Claire (Kerry Fox) and embittered, divorced Jay (Mark Rylance), the film tends to lose its way as more characters and situations are introduced. Shot, with a lot of hand-held camera, in Jay's untidy flat, in crowded bars, and in busy South London streets, about the only visually beautiful frames are those showing Claire's and Jay's intertwined naked bodies, relaxing after their frenzied love-making.

Meeting once a week, and hardly speaking to each other, both Claire and Jay seem to be satisfied with little more than sex; but his curiosity takes over, he begins to follow her, and is resentful and envious when faced with the realisation that she has a life of her own and may simply be using him. The movie explores questions such as - how far can sex alone can take a relationship; and do words add to or detract from love? Another theme is that of role playing, on the stage and in life.

Both Fox and Rylance are superb in their scenes together; and Timothy Spall is excellent as Claire's talkative, down-to-earth husband. But I confess to finding Claire's friend Betty (Marianne Faithfull) a baffling character. Some sequences, particularly those involving Jay's friend Victor (Alastair Galbraith) and gay French barman Ian (Philippe Calvario), seem simply to be padding. Possibly, Chereau felt the need to insert personalities and scenes from Kureishi's books, even though these were not relevant to the central Claire-Jay situation. Finally, yes, the over-hyped explicit sex is necessary for the movie to work.

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