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 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.


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Rated R for sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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Connections

References The Hairdresser's Husband (1990) See more »

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In The Midnight Hour
Written by Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper
Performed by Wilson Pickett
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An honest story that could be a chapter out of real life
25 January 2007 | by Thomas_SSee all my reviews

No special effects, no computer animation, no supernatural forces, no gloss, no predictability.

Real life! There is nothing in the story that could not have happened somewhere some time. Told with beauty, humour, understatement, feelings, sensitivity. Leaving you time to think instead of throwing one visual effect after another at you. There is time for detail. Time for silence. Time for emotions. But you are never bored.

The story is simple, yet you are grabbed by it and led into its mystery.

The atmosphere marvellously represents real life in France at the time the film was made. No shining up. No simplification. This is real France. Sandrine Bonnaire and Fabrice Luchini are very convincing in their roles. The behaviour of the secretary is incredibly real.

This is French cinema near its best.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Intimate Strangers 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:

$10,485,817
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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