Private Fears in Public Places (2006)
"Coeurs" (original title)

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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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Private Fears in Public Places  »

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$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 »


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5 August 2012 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Alan Ayckbourn's play, 'Private Fears in Public Places', is one of his quieter comedies. Various people seek love and don't find it, for ordinary, mundane, sometimes embarrassing reasons: the plot, such as it is, is driven mostly by a rather ambiguous character whose motivations are never completely explained. But Ayckbourn has not been Britain's most successful playwright for nothing; and the dialogue sparkles, line after line displaying his knack for getting to the heart of the matter with economy, humour, and a feel for real life. At times, Alan Resnais' film, which features many short scenes but very few settings, seems to be trying a little too hard to pretend that this isn't just a filmed play, but without fundamentally changing the dramatic structure: he does, however, get excellent performances from his cast, and makes the work feel very naturally French. It's a pity that the BBC versions of Ayckbourn's work are mostly unavailable (and never, it seems, repeated); but Resnais rendering is still one to be enjoyed.

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