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Intimate Relations

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Intimate Relations

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Rupert Graves, Julie Walters
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it a B

A savagely funny dissection of middle-class horniness and hypocrisy in 1950s England, this based-on-a-true-crime saga Intimate Relations starts out merrily dark and just gets blacker and blacker. Walters (Educating Rita) is mesmerizing as a nattery middle-aged matron who seduces the lodger (Graves) whom she insists call her Mum; her adolescent daughter (Laura Sadler), meanwhile, alternates between angry blackmail and thwarted longing. Writer-director Philip Goodhew depicts a society gone batty with sexual repression (“If ever you want to talk,” says Mama when daughter gets her first period, “you can always ask one of your sisters”), but the image of two women pecking at the man they both desire is incredibly disturbing — and perhaps a shade meaner than it need be. B