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Private Fears in Public Places (2006)

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In Paris, six people all look for love, despite typically having their romantic aspirations dashed at every turn.


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Seven lonely lives in Paris: a middle-aged estate agent who thinks a colleague is sending messages in video tapes she loans him; his co-worker whose Bible is close at hand in times of stress; her late-night charge, who's an angry, nasty bedridden old man; his son, a patient bartender; the bartender's best patron, an ex-soldier who's lost his moorings while his fiancée looks for a large flat for them; and, the estate agent's much younger sister, who answers ads in the personal and waits in cafés with a red flower pinned on her jacket. Will any connect? Can open hearts trump fears? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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For six strangers in search of love, the City of Lights can be a very lonely place.


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Release Date:

22 November 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Private Fears in Public Places  »

Box Office


€12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,391 (USA) (13 April 2007)


$134,240 (USA) (13 July 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


There is a Scarborough poster in Thierry's home. The English seaside resort of Scarborough is the home of the play's author, Sir Alan Ayckbourn. See more »


When Charlotte has the tomato soup thrown at her by Arthur, the front of her blouse and sweater have large reddish stains on them. When Lionel returns home and is talking to her, the stains have disappeared. See more »


Featured in Empreintes: Pierre Arditi, un acteur au présent (2012) See more »

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It's like a very beautiful puzzle that is missing a bunch of pieces.
7 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Private Fears in Public Places" is an extremely frustrating film. On one hand, the film is gorgeous to look at and listen to--simply gorgeous. The transitions are quite imaginative and lovely and the music really sets the mood. I would also say that the film by directed well (by Alain Resnais) and the acting was very, very good. But, as for the story, so much of it seemed to make little sense and the overall pieces, though gorgeous, just didn't seem to fit together.

The story is about several people who are slightly interconnected. They all are struggling with feelings of loneliness and quiet desperation. However, a few stories made no sense and I kept hoping for there to be a sense that it would all make sense....which it didn't (such as the snow INSIDE the house). The story that particularly annoyed me was the Christian lady whose behaviors simply made no sense---was this an attack on Christians or just a badly written character? There just wasn't any rhyme or reason to her actions nor are there any hints about who she is. It's maddening--as are many of the other stories. All work like snippets that just don't make up a coherent whole. A beautiful misfire, but a misfire.

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