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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 <>

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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)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


£49,649 (UK) (27 July 2007)

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Holds the record in Brazil for movie playing the longest in theaters: over 4 years. It was released on July 6th 2007 and remained playing uninterruptedly in at least one theater until January 27th 2012, long after being release on DVD. It started playing again on July 19th 2014, celebrating the reopening of the movie theater that kept it playing the longest. 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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Small gem on IFC....
14 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is shown occasionally on IFC and is worth watching,some of the performances are quaint and subtle, and the romantic comedy is understated (Though I'm from the states I don't like over the top Hollywood "romantic comedies",actually find them saccharine and intolerable.) Needless to say,the vignettes here are a breath of fresh air. Worth noting is the performance of Sabine Azema,as Charlotte,Isabelle Carre as Gaelle, and Lambert Wilson as Dan.

The sets are original and in the backdrop of snow, in the city of Paris. Romantic and ironic, never trite or cloying. Worth more than one view for audiences with taste who cannot stomach yet another Hollywood serving of trite romance. Recommended.9/10.

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