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Private Fears in Public Places

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Isabelle Carre, Lambert Wilson

Private Fears in Public Places

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
120 minutes
performer:
Sabine Azema, Lambert Wilson
director:
Alain Resnais
distributor:
IFC First Take
author:
Jean-Michel Ribes
genre:
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it a B+

Six elegant, unsettled French people who can’t always get what they want move around beautiful Parisian rooms in Private Fears in Public Places, Alain Resnais’ mature adaptation of a dramatic daisy chain by veteran British playwright Alan Ayckbourn. The interlocking relationships (real estate broker and his sister, broker’s assistant and a bartender, etc.) play out in adult dialogue triste but philosophical. The grand old filmmaker frames each scene like a fine painting. And fake snow falls with happy artificiality between rueful vignettes.