MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 13,960 this week

Intimate Strangers (2004)
"Confidences trop intimes" (original title)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 3,690 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 48 user | 71 critic | 28 from Metacritic.com

A Frenchwoman tells her marital troubles to a man she mistakes for a psychiatrist, and soon they form an unusual relationship.

Director:

Writers:

(scenario and dialogue), (adaptation), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 24 Apr 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 11 Jun 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 11 Dec 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 05 Dec 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 25 Jan 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Intimate Strangers (2004)

Intimate Strangers (2004) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Intimate Strangers.

User Polls

3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dot the I (2003)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Young lovers in London are wrapped up in a love triangle that may not be exactly what it seems.

Director: Matthew Parkhill
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Natalia Verbeke, James D'Arcy
Monsieur Hire (1989)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Michel Blanc, Sandrine Bonnaire, Luc Thuillier
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Twelve-year-old Antoine falls profoundly in love with a voluptuous but suicidal hairdresser, a formative experience he never forgets. Much later in life, he seeks to repeat his romance by ... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Jean Rochefort, Anna Galiena, Roland Bertin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A ski resort town struggles to become the top tourism spot.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Olivia Bonamy, Jacques Mathou
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a small French colony, a drunken man kills someone. While a guillotine is being shipped in, he changes, becoming a good and popular man.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Emir Kusturica
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A teacher and a gangster meet by chance in a small town pharmacy. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities, each starts to envy the other and by the week's end... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Jean Rochefort, Johnny Hallyday, Jean-François Stévenin
Separate Lies (2005)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A couple's marriage is complicated by the introduction of a third party.

Director: Julian Fellowes
Stars: Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Hermione Norris
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Stars: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine
Ridicule (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant
Asylum (2005)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband's inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.

Director: David Mackenzie
Stars: Natasha Richardson, Sean Harris, Marton Csokas
Live Flesh (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After leaving jail, Víctor is still in love with Elena, but she's married to the former cop -now basketball player- who became paralysed by a shot from Víctor's gun...

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Philippe Torreton, Alain Bashung
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Michel Duchaussoy ...
...
Jeanne
...
Marc
Laurent Gamelon ...
Luc
Hélène Surgère ...
Mrs. Mulon
Urbain Cancelier ...
Chatel
Isabelle Petit-Jacques ...
Dr. Monnier's Secretary
Véronique Kapoyan ...
Female Guard (as Véronique Kapoian)
...
Messenger
Albert Simono ...
Mr. Michel (as Alberto Simono)
Claude Derepp ...
The Customs Client (as Claude Dereppe)
Aurore Auteuil ...
The Student Nabokov
...
The Mover
Edit

Storyline

Because she picked the wrong door, Anna ends up confessing her marriage problems to a financial adviser named William Faber. Touched by her distress, somewhat excited as well, Faber does not have the courage to tell her that he is not a psychiatrist. From appointment to appointment, a strange ritual is created between them. William is moved by the young woman and fascinated to hear the secrets that no man ever heard... Written by Aline

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

She confused him for a therapist and told him her deepest secrets. Now, two people who never should have met are discovering there's nothing more seductive than the truth.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 February 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bliscy nieznajomi  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$55,836 (USA) (30 July 2004)

Gross:

$2,106,677 (USA) (19 November 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Remade as Intimate Strangers See more »

Soundtracks

Sur le Moment
Written by Suna Syal
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A case of mistaken identity crisis
3 October 2004 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

The gimmick in "Intimate Strangers" is that a young woman, Anna Delambre (Sandrine Bonnaire), mistakenly enters the office of a tax consultant, William Faber (Fabrice Luchini), instead of a psychoanalyst, and tells him her most intimate secrets. The question then arises: Did she make an honest mistake, or is the whole thing a setup? Which of the two is the doctor, and which is the patient? Is she telling the truth, or is she a pathological liar? And why does he maintain the illusion instead of calling her bluff?

"Intimate Strangers" works well as a psychological thriller, an elaborate cat-and-mouse game. But it is also a meditation on loneliness and the lengths to which we are willing to go to overcome it ... or not. In other words, do we allow ourselves to be intimate with each other, or do we remain strangers walled in our fortresses of solitude?

Fabrice Luchini's character epitomizes the latter type of person. He leads a solitary and uneventful life, is obsessive-compulsively neat (he uses shoe trees, for heaven's sake), is unable to keep his on-and-off girlfriend happy, and voyeuristically observes the quiet joys and turbulent passions of his neighbors across the way. (Shades of "Rear Window".) Other minor characters exhibit similar tics: his secretary admits to watching rubbish on television while gorging herself on potato chips, and the doorkeeper of the office building spends all her time watching an idiotic soap opera.

Sandrine Bonnaire is, as always, a lovely, delicate vision. She succeeds in conveying the mystery and intrigue of her character, and yet makes Anna wholly believable.

Unfortunately, Fabrice Luchini does not lend the same degree of realism and reality to William. He is too stereotypically anal-retentive and full of hangups, and we never see William as more than two-dimensional. He remains basically the same, unchanged, even by the closing credits. In short, we never get to know him intimately. He begins and ends the film as simply strange.


17 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Potential unfulfilled? rickythakrar
Which character is 'the Nabokov student'? sodiumwhite
why did marc mention the elevator? winterm39
Actually . . . a comedy SurrenderToto
Song in the movie shashank025
Film within the film Adrian Sweeney
Discuss Intimate Strangers (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?