Intimate Strangers (8/10)
2004 by Tony Medley
Anna (Sandrine Bonnaire) tells William (Fabrice
Luchini) personal secrets thinking heís a psychologist. Alas, sheís
opened the wrong door and, rather than a psychologist, William is a tax
lawyer. What follows is a brilliant entertainment, highlighted by
Luchiniís almost constantly perplexed expression.
Last year writer-Director
Patrice Leconte gave us one of the best films I saw, Man on the Train,
which was the story of the unlikely heterosexual bonding of a bank
robber and a stranger who invited him into his home. Now Leconte has
done it again.
When Intimate Strangers
started out, I thought Anna was a relatively plain looking woman. By the
time the film ended, I thought her beautiful.
Told from Williamís point of
view, Anna is a mystery that captivates him. Captivates him to the point
that he canít help himself.
When you tell the plots,
neither of these films sounds particularly compelling. But Leconte is a
directorial genius. He tells both stories in such an interesting way
that the movies grab you and donít let you go. Thereís no action;
nothingís uproariously funny; not even a hint of nudity; and no foul
language. Regardless, this is a subtle tale of personal relationships,
one of the more enjoyable films Iíve seen this year. In French with
August 7, 2004