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Intimate Strangers

3.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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William Faber became a tax accountant like his father and resolved himself to a life where nothing much ever changed. At least until the beautiful Anna walked in one day and mistook his office for the therapist's down the hall. Unsolicited, Anna begins to reveal intimate details of her life which include how she is seeking security by attempting to save her tumultuous marriage. William and Anna find a bond developing between them, one that only true strangers can have, even after she finds out who he really is...or is not! Masterfully directed by French film legen Patrice Leconte ("Man on the Train," "Girl on the Bridge," "The Widow of St. Pierre"), "Intimate Strangers" takes you on a journey into the depths of human relationships and shows just how intimate strangers can be.

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  • Actors: Sandrine Bonnaire, Fabrice Luchini, Michel Duchaussoy, Anne Brochet, Gilbert Melki
  • Directors: Patrice Leconte
  • Writers: Patrice Leconte, Jérôme Tonnerre
  • Producers: Alain Sarde, Christine Gozlan
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00068S3QY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Intimate Strangers" on IMDb

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By Jana L.Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2005
Format: DVD
Anna, (Sandrine Bonnaire), opens the wrong door and ends up in the office of tax attorney William Faber, (Fabrice Luchini), instead of next door for her first appointment with Dr. Monnier, a psychiatrist. Before the bemused Farber can straighten things out, Anna begins to unburden herself candidly, as if she's been on the couch for years. "I have an urgent problem," says she. Then, confessing that her marriage is on the rocks, her husband unemployed and impotent - he hasn't touched her in six months - she begins to cry. William is stunned, moved by her tears, but before he can respond she is out the door. Fast exit, no payment. Everyone knows that the fee is part of therapy.

Faber's life is bland. He lives in the flat where he was born, never having moved or really traveled. He inherited his father's business and many of the old clients. Used to an orderly existence, he lives alone and usually takes dinner by himself, with a glass of wine, while listening to music. Occasionally, through the window, he catches glimpses of couples, other lives. Jeanne, his last and perhaps only love, (Anne Brochet of the wonderful smile), left him for another man but they get together occasionally and maintain a close friendship. He is decidedly intrigued by Anna's visit but does not expect a repeat performance.

He is fascinated after visit number 2, when he finally manages to blurt out, "I'm not a doctor." Anna responds quickly, that she knows many therapists are not doctors and that's fine by her. Again, she leaves quickly. William is the one to visit Dr. Monnier, the shrink, (Michel Duchaussoy), who tells him that this situation is about his own problems and not Anna's.
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`Attraction and avoidance' is a common enough theme in romantic movies. What's unique in Intimate Strangers is the setting and therefore the intricate dance that it creates.

Man and woman are brought face to face by a farcical error. On her first visit to her psychiatrist, Anna's distracted thoughts take her unwittingly to the office of a tax consultant. The general discrete atmosphere seems fitting enough, and she reveals to William, uncensored, the intimate details of her married life. Shy, hurt and lonely from his previous relationship-failure he is glad for the company of this beautiful and appealing woman. He plays along with her mistake long enough to evidence to us his interest and all-too-human need hovering behind his life of professional competency. This creates the basis for a relationship that will sustain its verbal tango long after we expect its consummation.

What is the fascination here? Well, if our hormones aren't pounding too loudly, we may have asked ourselves what indeed we are seeking in relationship besides the immediate gratifications of sex and romantic infatuation. How can there be enough distance in a relationship of attraction to leave room for a sustained dialogue of depth? (And if dialogue is all we're after, what is the place of attraction in all of this?)

How do men surrender their positions of authority (whether psychiatrist or tax advisor) to reveal themselves? What does it mean when a woman lies down for a man? Is she (whether in the role of lover or patient) passively receiving, or, is it really the way women give care, creating a comforting space for their rigid men to feel relaxed enough to unburden themselves?
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I love that movie and have seen it in Europe some years ago and always wanted it on DVD to share with friends. Bought it now but was disappointed to see that this is a cut version. I must be very wrong and my memory must betray me totally - but there are quite some scenes that my brain filled in which were not in this DVD version.
Somehow at least with the missing scenes in mind the movie seems to lack clearly in suspense and is now a bit jumpy because of it.
Unfortunately it seems there is no DVD version whatsoever available which would be the full movie.
Nevertheless the movie is very good if you haven't seen it uncut yet. So four stars.
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I absolutely loved this casual French movie about a Parisian woman experiencing marital strain. She decides to seek a professional help and accidentaly discloses her personal information to a man who is a tax attorney, not a therapist. As it happens, he also experiences difficulties in his relationship and the two connect on a platonic level. They share their intimate parts of their lives with each other. However, it seems that more that they get to know about each other the more consuming their relationship becomes. Can they cut the cord and create new lives? Their genuine fondness between each other enables them to create a bond that is as strong as it is sincere and true. This is a great movie for those quiet evenings when one just wants to lurk into a story about other peoples lives that sometimes, unexpectedly unfold in the most unexpected ways.
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