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Intimacy

 

France / UK 2000, 119 minutes
Dir. Patrice Chereau
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Drama / Controversy, Sex

 

Aroview: Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox bare their flesh as well as their souls as a separated father-of-two and a married mother who meet weekly for torrid, anonymous sex in a drab London flat.

Controversially explicit as to merit some kind of landmark, the sex is less erotic than an index of their alienation and desperation. From a series of short-stories of mid-life angst by Hanif Kureishi, his difficult characters (and the overwrought dialogue) make it typically hard to penetrate, but the treatment is certain to provoke thought and lively debate.

NZ International Film Festival 2001

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