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1,205 Ratings

Private Fears in Public Places


Directed by Alain Resnais
France, Italy, 2006
Drama, Romance, Fantasy


Six Parisians engage in a lonely and mostly unsuccessful search for real love: Nicole and Dan are engaged to be married, but his drinking drives them apart; Thierry flirts with a religious colleague, Charlotte, who has a secret vice; Gaëlle answers numerous personal ads, but her dates never show up.

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Private Fears in Public Places Directed by Alain Resnais
Its modernist gestures are little more than stylistic tics, but there’s an image of snow falling on two clasped hands that is almost rapturous. The role of the artist remains, for Mr. Resnais, the role of a lifetime.
April 13, 2007
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It’s a tribute to the pleasures of Ayckbourn’s elegantly symmetrical construction and Resnais’s nimble staging.
April 03, 2007
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A sublime, elegant, and reassuring convergence in the aesthetic evolution of Resnais’ cinema from the experimental structures of his early films to the conscious formalism of his later work.
October 10, 2006
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