Saturday, April 21, 2007

Intimacy (2001)

***½
France/UK/Germany/Spain

Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox meet up for anonymous, dysfunctional sex every Wednesday at his grimy bachelor pad. It becomes apparent very quickly that the movie is based on a book (specifically, the stories of Hanif Kureishi): there are several mannered patches in the script (resulting in some awkward bits in otherwise perfectly solid performances). But overall, director Patrice Chéreau keeps the introspection raw and compelling, aided enormously as he is by Eric Gautier's moody, precise camerawork.

dir: Patrice Chéreau
wr: Patrice Chéreau, Anne-Louise Tridivic
ph: Eric Gautier
cast: Mark Rylance, Kerry Fox, Timothy Spall, Alastair Galbraith, Philippe Calvario, Marianne Faithfull, Susannah Harker

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