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Intimacy (2001)

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A failed London musician meets once a week with a woman for a series of intense sexual encounters to get away from the realities of life. But when he begins inquiring about her, it puts their relationship at risk.

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Patrice Chéreau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Rylance ... Jay
Kerry Fox ... Claire
Susannah Harker ... Susan, Jay's wife
Alastair Galbraith ... Victor
Philippe Calvario Philippe Calvario ... Ian
Timothy Spall ... Andy
Marianne Faithfull ... Betty
Fraser Ayres ... Dave
Michael Fitzgerald Michael Fitzgerald ... Bar owner
Robert Addie ... Bar owner
Deborah McLaren Deborah McLaren ... Student at the drama school
Rebecca Palmer ... Pam, girl in squat
Greg Sheffield Greg Sheffield ... Jay's son
Vinnie Hunter Vinnie Hunter ... Jay's son (as Vinni Hunter)
Joe Prospero ... Luke, Claire's son
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Storyline

Jay, a failed musician, walked out of his family and now earns a living as head bartender in a trendy London pub. Every Wednesday afternoon a woman comes to his house for graphic, almost wordless, sex. One day Jay follows her and finds out about the rest of her life (and that her name is Claire). This eventually disrupts their relationship. Written by Will Gilbert

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Every Wednesday, She meets once a week.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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France | UK | Germany | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Intimidad See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£54,288 (United Kingdom), 29 July 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,808, 21 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$103,440, 28 October 2001
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Runtime:

| (R-rated)

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first mainstream English language film with an unsimulated sex scene to be passed uncut in Great Britain. See more »

Quotes

Ian: You know when you're with someone there's only a very short time when you can really give each other things for free... with neither of you having to ask. Because later on all you do is make demands of each other. Perhaps the only difference between her and all the rest is that she's asking you for nothing.
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Alternate Versions

Fully uncut version runs 122 minutes and includes a graphic scene of oral sex that was cut in most releases. See more »

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Referenced in Man yan (2004) See more »

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No Sense of Crime
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Written by Iggy Pop and James Williamson
Performed by Iggy Pop and The Stooges
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mixed bag
27 March 2004 | by firststreetoneSee all my reviews

You will very, very rarely see a film with such explicit sex made is L.A. Thats because, since long ago American filmmakers worry tons more about their rating and therefore the box office attendance.

"We better not go too far, we'll loose money" is the bottom line in Hollywood. The raw and and utterly believable sex scenes are the symbol in this independent film for the sincerity and genuine attempt by the filmmakers to tell a story about how people might really behave under certain conditions.

That being said, the story line becomes harder to accept as the plot unfolds. Even tho the acting is superb by every player, the more that happened, the more distanced I became. Conflict between characters and their motivation became just more and more unbelievable, even irritating. You see the writer pushing and pushing the storyline until you don't care about the story anymore, instead of being taken in and moved, as one should be. (In spite of the writing, the film is definitely worth seeing and nevertheless refreshing in the face of Star Vehicle Movies, Action Junk, as well as guarded and censored sex scenes that are the standard fare of Hollywood standards today).

This film was made with the sentiment of "Let's make a good movie, no holds barred, no matter what" instead of "Make a movie about whatever you want, but make sure its a hit at the box office".


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