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

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  3 September 2004 (USA)
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A Frenchwoman tells her marital troubles to a man she mistakes for a psychiatrist, and soon they form an unusual relationship.



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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

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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.

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Rated R for sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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3 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bliscy nieznajomi  »

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$1,623,237 (France) (27 February 2004)


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

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Beautifully nuanced
18 April 2005 | by (Hertford, England) – See all my reviews

When a beautiful young woman mistakenly enters the office of a grey, quiet tax expert and, mistaking him for a therapist, shares her marital problems, she inadvertently sparks an unlikely, bittersweet friendship between them.

Even when the truth comes out, Anna (Sandrine Bonnaire) and William (Fabrice Luchini) continue to see each other, she coming to rely on his non-judgemental ear and he slowly becoming spellbound by her.

Patrice Leconte conjures up some of the sad, poignant atmosphere of Monsieur Hire but frames within it a much more optimistic story while eliciting two beautifully nuanced performances from his leads.

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