Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs)
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Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs)
Sophie is Thierry's sister and roommate; she spends most of her time trying to find a boyfriend. Thierry is a real estate agent who shows Nicole several apartments. Nicole is looking for a three-bedroom to share with her fiance, Dan, but Dan has little interest in helping her, in fact, his only concern lately is getting drunk and his only acquaintance is the bartender, Lionel. Lionel listens to other people's problems, while his own are enormous. He cares for his sick and hateful father, and when he goes to work at night, Charlotte, a caregiver he has hired, takes over. Charlotte has a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What reaches us, most of all, are the hidden, unmet longings that keep the film's Parisian characters from finding true happiness."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Resnais shapes affecting performances from a polished cast. He creates a warm, comic melancholy."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"A graceful roundelay of disconnection"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A gentle look at the pain of loneliness that almost all of us feel from time to time."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Not one he'll be remembered for, but a cut above."
‑ Nick Funnell, Little White Lies
"The tenderness with which Resnais observes their efforts makes for genuinely enchanting entertainment."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Resnais has always been an expressionist, using his settings and compositions to evoke the inner states of his characters. Here, tying expressionism to social critique, he becomes an improbable but unmistakable blood brother of Carl Dreyer."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"What makes Private Fears so extraordinary is not just how it completely upends the expectations that have come to seem inherent in such a structure, but how Resnais constantly pushes the boundaries of his, well, let's call it visual depiction."
‑ Glenn Kenny, Premiere Magazine
"A feast for the eyes."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While there's a quirky humour at work, the overall mood is of sadness, eloquently, if repetitively, expressed."
‑ Stuart McGurk, thelondonpaper
"Private Fears suffers from [director Alain] Resnais' inability to open it up and give it the look and pulse of a film."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"A film about love and blunders done from the perspective of age, crafted by writer Alan Ayckbourn, 68, and director Alain Resnais, 85. Our younger directors and screenwriters should show this much brilliance and feeling."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"There is a different side to everyone in Alain Resnais' enigmatic film about six strangers whose Parisian lives randomly intersect."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Warm and wry, funny and sad, cute and complicated."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Private Fears is so fluently made that its edginess only gradually becomes evident. It's both funny and sad, without underlining anything, and the playing is as good as you would expect from Resnais's regulars."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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