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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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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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Runtime:

| (R-rated)

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Robert Addie. 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 Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Candidate
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Performed and composed by David Bowie
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Well Acted Drama
28 June 2003 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

'Intimacy' is a very well acted drama, set in London. Jay has left his wife and son a year ago, and lives a disordered life, working as a barman, and carrying some ambiguous relationships with a couple of friends. He meets weekly a woman, Claire, with which he has a pure sexual affair, without any communication, a la 'Last Tango in Paris'. Things start to go wrong in this affair, when apparently involved he follows and finds out the background of the woman, and befriends her husband and young son.

The film is not easy, and sometimes the border between complexity and confusion is crossed. However, the acting is so good that the characters are just alive. Life is confusing as well many times, after all.

The film has many explicit sex scenes, and they have their place in the story line. This film is to a big extend about communication, and sex is the main way of communication between Jay and Claire for much of the film. Will this be enough to sustain their relationship? Well, go and see the movie and you will find out.

8/10 on my personal scale.


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