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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 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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Taglines:

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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Country:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is actually a combination of Hanif Kureishi's novel of the same name and his short story "Nightfall". 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 »

Connections

Follows An Affair of Love (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Penetration
(1973)
Performed by Iggy Pop and The Stooges
Composed by Iggy Pop (as J. Osterberg), James Williamson
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Naturalism not hypocrisy
3 December 2001 | by bobociiSee all my reviews

I've seen this film in USA and the taste that I felt is quite bitter; not because it was a lousy film, per contra, but because of the way that a man and a woman try desperately to escape from a lonely and abortive life, is so vivid and so authentic. I was tempted to catalogue the sex scenes, too daring but let's face it, this is the reality. Like probably Zola would say "naturalism not hypocrisy". If you want to see this film it's better to leave home all your prejudices about how life should be.


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