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She comes to his bed-sit every Wednesday afternoon. They don't speak. They don't even know each other's name. But something passes between them as their bodies converge and passion ignites in the dim, carpeted silence of his basement bedroom. He has left his wife and family. Her story: a mystery, a puzzle waiting to be penetrated and unraveled. Their union: rife with longing and desire, an impermanent compulsion coiled in a fundamental need to reach out and connect with another person, another body.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is an interesting story here, but the movie circles it at a distance."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"It does get at the messy totalitarianism of uninvited emotions, and in that sense, it's haunting."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Pulsates with desperate, miserable passion."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"It's a brave art film only because of its porno sex scenes, but it is not necessarily a perceptive one."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"For all the sex and vicious psychological game-playing, Chereau's movie is strangely forgettable."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"A film with a few floundering moments that becomes a powerful description of what it means to be intimate."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Chereau ... creates a wonderful minor-chord symphony."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's ironic that a film exploring the mysteries of how people succeed and fail to connect with each other then fails to really connect with its audience."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"It's a frighteningly realistic look at completely passionless sex, and Fox and Rylance both do a good job of making us uncomfortable as we watch."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"The sexual content diverts attention away from what is some very powerful acting by the film's talented cast."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Its somber ruminations on passion and desire, marriage and aloneness, resonate with unmistakable force."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Chereau's first English-speaking feature, based on Hanif Kureishi's stories, is a bold, full-frontal (literally) exploration of the mysteries of male and female sexual desire. As such, the audacious film will divide film critics and get NC-17 rating"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"I'm sure Chereau meant this to be a searing portrait of psychic distance, and it certainly is bleak. What it is not, unfortunately, is riveting cinema."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Rylance and Fox, fine actors, bravely grapple through some astonishingly convincing copulation (did they or didn't they?), and even more bravely struggle with Chereau's unspeakable lines."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Its unflinching attitude toward sex is only weakened by the lack of enjoyment that the characters seem to have while actually having sex."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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