Intimacy

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Released 2001

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Intimacy

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Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Intimacy is a 2001 English film directed by Patrice Chereau and starring Mark Rylance, Kerry Fox, and Susannah Harker. The film is based the short stories of Hanif Kureishi. Jay is a struggling bartender who abandoned his family years ago and currently lives alone in a run-down house. Every week he has a sexual encounter with a woman (Fox) whose name he doesn't know. One day, when he becomes curious as to her personal life, he follows her around London, piecing together the details of her personality. He finds her working as an actress at a local theatre as well as learns that she has a husband (Timothy Spall) and a son. On their next meeting, Jay makes a decision to cut off their sexual tryst and re-discover his own neglected family. Intimacy won numerous awards, including the Blue Angel Award, the Golden Berlin Bear, and the Silver Berlin Bear at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A triumph for all concerned, it is especially so for the multitalented Chereau.

  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    If Intimacy does anything well, it portrays desperation, in many different forms.

  • 70

    Variety David Rooney

    A tortured reflection on the complex relationship between love, sex, desire and obsession, distinguished by courageously raw performances from leads Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox.

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