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The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)

 -  Drama  -  22 July 2004 (Argentina)
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An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.

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Leah Hurst
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Carol
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Female Patient (as Flora Martinez)
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The movie centers on a dentist who has a strange dream that blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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22 July 2004 (Argentina)  »

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La vida secreta de un dentista  »

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$121,769 (USA) (1 August 2003)

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$3,707,201 (USA) (26 December 2003)
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Secret Lives and Quiet Desperation
27 April 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is a gem, quiet and powerful modern masterpiece that deals with the marriage in crisis. Shifting seamlessly from humor to drama, from reality to the imagination and back, the movie is a stylish, compelling and very intelligent work of a sophisticated and remarkable filmmaker. There are not many films that explore the quiet desperation of a family's crisis (or should I say any relationship's crisis) with such honesty, poignancy, and subtlety. Alan Rudolph masterfully explores the mysterious connection between two people, the ability to deal with its possible loss, and the secret longings in all of us.

Campbell Scott is very impressive as an introvert Dr. David Hurst. He does not say much in the film but we feel all emotions he goes through

  • love, fear to lose it, anger, desperation, depression, and confusion.


Hope Davis, Dennis Leary and three young girls all gave great performances.


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