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Private Fears in Public Places
     

Private Fears in Public Places

Director: Alain Resnais, Laura Morante, Lambert Wilson, Pierre Arditi

Cast: Alain Resnais, Laura Morante, Lambert Wilson, Pierre Arditi

 
A handful of characters struggle to hold on to relationships with the people they care for in this collaboration between playwright Alan Ayckbourn and filmmaker Alain Resnais. Dan (Lambert Wilson) has recently finished up a hitch in the Army, but rather than deal with his

Overview

A handful of characters struggle to hold on to relationships with the people they care for in this collaboration between playwright Alan Ayckbourn and filmmaker Alain Resnais. Dan (Lambert Wilson) has recently finished up a hitch in the Army, but rather than deal with his emotional issues, Dan prefers to get drunk. While he barely communicates with his girlfriend, Nicole (Laura Morante), she's convinced they will still marry and opts to ignore his obvious problems. Lionel (Pierre Arditi) is a bartender who has become increasingly isolated and cut off from his friends as he looks after his father, Arthur. Arthur, however, is in failing health and has little appreciation of his son's sacrifices. Thierry (André Dussollier) is a real-estate salesman who has fallen for one of his co-workers, Charlotte (Sabine Azéma); however, Charlotte's mild-mannered exterior hides a personality that thrives on emotional gamesmanship. And Gaëlle (Isabelle Carré), Thierry's sister, is lonely and looking for a relationship, but her efforts bring her neither joy nor companionship. Coeurs (aka Petites Peurs Partagées) received its world premiere at the 2006 Venice Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Comedy tinged with melancholy is the order of the day in Alain Resnais' delicious Private Fears in Public Places. It's a skillful adaptation (by Resnais and Jean-Michel Ribes) of Alan Ayckbourn's stage play, transposing the playwright's quite-British characters to France in what turns out to be a quite natural manner. Resnais chooses to emphasize a little less of the formality inherent in Ayckbourn's play (though that is still very much in evidence) and to suggest slightly more of a fated inevitability. It's artifice, of course, but Resnais doesn't shrink from the artificial; indeed, the film is shot in a manner that emphasizes and celebrates the "other-worldly" quality of which film is capable. His introduction of the snowfall motif, highly artificial, is enormously effective, creating moments of visual beauty that also comment upon characters and situations. Resnais' low-key approach to the material doesn't disguise its theatrical origins, but does make an asset of the same. He's interested in exploring these characters -- not in explaining them, but exploring them -- and he and his camera capture them in all their human frailty and not-inconsiderable comedy. He's aided by an expert cast that is perfectly in tune with his goals and desires. The result is an adult, sophisticated romp, one that may not be as intellectually challenging as many other of the director's works but which has a quiet emotional impact that is quite lovely.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
UPC:
0796019803939
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ifc
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
63,827

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laura Morante Nicole
Lambert Wilson Dan
Pierre Arditi Lionel
Isabelle Carré Gaelle
André Dussollier Thierry
Sabine Azéma Charlotte
Claude Rich Actor

Technical Credits
Alain Resnais Director,Screenwriter
Alan Ayckbourn Screenwriter
Jean-Marie Blondel Sound/Sound Designer
Jackie Budin Costumes/Costume Designer
Hervé de Luze Editor
Jean-Michel Ducourty Production Designer
Éric Gautier Cinematographer
Bruno Pesery Producer
Jean-Michel Ribes Screenwriter
Julie Salvador Executive Producer
Jacques Saulnier Production Designer
Mark Snow Score Composer
Solange Zeitoun Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Private Fears in Public Places
1. Too Small [7:42]
2. Tuesday [1:20]
3. Songs That Changed My Life [4:18]
4. A Study [3:46]
5. Life With a Sister [2:20]
6. Lionel's Father [3:09]
7. One Day at a Time [1:40]
8. A Bloody Mess [1:28]
9. Getting a Job [2:07]
10. Surprise Ending [1:33]
11. Kicked Out [1:37]
12. A Towering Pile [6:03]
13. Lost Appetite [2:24]
14. Still Too Small [3:26]
15. Another Episode [3:30]
16. Taking a Break [3:27]
17. Stepping Back [6:31]
18. Caught [2:08]
19. Judged and Forgiven [7:18]
20. A Constitutional [3:55]
21. The Kiss [2:55]
22. Absolutely Fine [1:50]
23. Boring Television [1:55]
24. Blind Date [4:58]
25. Charlotte's Show [:53]
26. Martin and Sophia [3:58]
27. Real Names [6:02]
28. Big Smile [1:40]
29. Drunk [2:20]
30. Forgiveness [6:38]
31. Saying Goodbye [3:36]
32. Another Woman [3:32]
33. Hallucinations [8:32]
34. No More Porn [:19]
35. Fin [6:34]

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