Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs)
Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs) (2007)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 7, 2007
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
79%
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User Score
52%


Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The premise isn't anything new, but director Alain Resnais' attention to detail and smooth camerawork gives this movie a delicate edge.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

What reaches us, most of all, are the hidden, unmet longings that keep the film's Parisian characters from finding true happiness.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Resnais shapes affecting performances from a polished cast. He creates a warm, comic melancholy.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A graceful roundelay of disconnection

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The tenderness with which Resnais observes their efforts makes for genuinely enchanting entertainment.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

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.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Private Fears suffers from [director Alain] Resnais' inability to open it up and give it the look and pulse of a film.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

There is a different side to everyone in Alain Resnais' enigmatic film about six strangers whose Parisian lives randomly intersect.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Gordon A
Uneven but beautifully crafted study of the modern malaise of trying to connect. Not all the scenarios ring true but they are skillfully entwined with an… More
William Goss
Middle-aged cast sorts out relationship problems so convincing, it's a bore.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Private Fears in Public Places" starts with Thierry(Andre Dussollier), an estate agent who lives with his younger sister,… More
Nicolas Korovessis
I felt unattached from what should have been a touching and moving drama theatrical piece. Was the title intended to be Curse?