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Intimate Strangers (2004)

Confidences trop intimes (original title)
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A Frenchwoman tells her marital troubles to a man she mistakes for a psychiatrist, and soon they form an unusual relationship.

Director:

Patrice Leconte

Writers:

Jérôme Tonnerre (scenario and dialogue), Jérôme Tonnerre (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Anna
Fabrice Luchini ... William
Michel Duchaussoy ... Dr. Monnier
Anne Brochet ... Jeanne
Gilbert Melki ... Marc
Laurent Gamelon ... Luc
Hélène Surgère ... Mrs. Mulon
Urbain Cancelier ... Chatel
Isabelle Petit-Jacques Isabelle Petit-Jacques ... Dr. Monnier's Secretary
Véronique Kapoyan Véronique Kapoyan ... Female Guard (as Véronique Kapoian)
Benoît Pétré ... Messenger
Albert Simono Albert Simono ... Mr. Michel (as Alberto Simono)
Claude Derepp Claude Derepp ... The Customs Client (as Claude Dereppe)
Aurore Auteuil Aurore Auteuil ... The Student Nabokov
Ludovic Berthillot Ludovic Berthillot ... The Mover
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Storyline

Because she picked the wrong door, Anna ends up confessing her marriage problems to a financial adviser named William Faber. Touched by her distress, somewhat excited as well, Faber does not have the courage to tell her that he is not a psychiatrist. From appointment to appointment, a strange ritual is created between them. William is moved by the young woman and fascinated to hear the secrets that no man ever heard... Written by Aline

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She confused him for a therapist and told him her deepest secrets. Now, two people who never should have met are discovering there's nothing more seductive than the truth.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bliscy nieznajomi See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,836, 1 August 2004

Gross USA:

$2,110,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,122,182
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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clever and brilliant, a light hearted exploration of the depths
30 July 2004 | by Fiona-39See all my reviews

This is a very clever film with a lot to say about life, death, sex, human relationships, human fragility and loneliness - but it does it all with a wonderfully light hearted touch. Luchini dancing just has to be one of the best scenes - eat your heart out Hugh Grant!! Bonnaire is quite wonderful as Anne, literally blossoming before our eyes, her hair lightening, her skin glowing, her dress changing, becoming lighter and brighter. It seems her accidental psychiatrist does help her. Of course, we never know the full truth - can we believe everything she says - and the device of the windows, so key to the film's turning point, is Hitchcockian in the extreme - vision as deception. The most wonderful insight of this film, though, is that paying taxes and dealing with deep disturbing psychological issues have similar concerns - what do you declare and what do you try desperately to hide? And of course, both actions are undertaken in the name of individuals integrating themselves into society. Another excellent film from Leconte. Just because it is so polished and masterful story telling doesn't mean that it doesn't address other issues that a director such as Rohmer would tackle.


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