• 2001
  • UK / France
  • 2h
  • 18
  • Directed by: Patrice Chereau
  • Cast: Kerry Fox, Mark Rylance, Timothy Spall

An erect penis, cellulite, vivid oral sex, regular but urgent intercourse in an emotional vacuum between unhappy strangers in a grubby London flat on a dirty carpet. Chereau's brave English-language debut (adapted from Hanif Kureshi's short stories) jauntily flaunts it all. 'Intimacy' offers much more than a reassuring dose of voyeurism. A film composed of moments, it brilliantly turns the lens upon often overlooked relationships in middle-age, zooms in on the use of sex as a powerful anaesthetic and captures the self-loathing that often lives inside of lust.

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