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Private Fears in Public Places

Private Fears in Public Places
  • 2006
  • France
  • 120 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Alain Resnais
  • Written by: Jean-Michel Ribes
  • Cast: Sabine Azéma, Lambert Wilson, André Dussollier, Pierre Arditi, Laura Morante, Isabelle Carré, Claude Rich (voice)
  • Language: French

Elegant and melancholic study of emotional repression, loneliness and longing based on one of Alan Ayckbourn's more recent plays. Some 50 short scenes illustrate the interconnected and unfulfilled lives of six middle-aged Parisians: beautifully judged ensemble performances that imbue the film and its saddened characters with real humanity.

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Private Fears in Public Spaces (Coeurs)

16 Jul 20074 stars

What is it about those French New Wave filmmakers? Godard, Rivette, Chabrol and Rohmer all continue to make films, and here 84-year-old Alain Resnais returns with this elegant and melancholic study of emotional repression, loneliness and longing.

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