DVD Private Fears in Public Places [2007] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 1136384),
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Private Fears in Public Places [2007] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Nominated for eight Csar awards in its native France, PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES is an intelligent, adult look at loneliness in the twenty-first century. Directed by French master Alain Resnais (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR), the film examines the interrelated lives of six main characters who are trying desperately but failing at making real, long-lasting connections. Charlotte (a bewitching Sabine Azma) is a Bible-reading real estate agent who takes care of Lionel's (Pierre Arditi) vile, ailing father at night. Thierry (Andr Dussollier), a coworker of Charlotte's, is showing apartments to Nicole (Laura Morante) and Dan (Lambert Wilson), an engaged couple who can't agree on anything. And Galle (Isabelle Carr), who lives with Thierry, her older brother, is looking for love through the personal ads but instead keeps coming home alone. Based on the play by Alan Ayckbourn, PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES is beautifully shot by Eric Gautier, particularly the scenes in the colorful bar where Lionel works and Dan drinks away his frustrations. Scenes are linked together by falling snow, adding a chilling cold to the pervasive loneliness. The acting is uniformly excellent, with especially good turns from Azma, Arditi, and Morante, who won the Francesco Pasinetti Best Actress award at the 2006 Venice Film Festival, which also awarded octogenarian Resnais the Silver Lion as Best Director. Resnais eschews modern technology in this carefully stylized world; the characters don't spend their time endlessly on computers and cell phones, and Charlotte even gives Thierry a videotape to watch, one that has been taped over many times yet still retains some of its previous recordings, as if parts of the past can never be erased.



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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80393

  • Credits
    Sabine Azema, Lambert Wilson, Andr Dussollier, Andre Dussollier, Pierre Arditi, Laura Morante, Isabelle Carr, Claude Rich
  • Critic Reviews
    "[I]t is marvelously alert, adult, intelligent, handsome, well-acted, and serenely sad -- possibly the most beautiful film ever made by an 84-year-old, certainly one of the year's best pictures."
    Film Comment

    "The mood is polite, discreet, hushed, resolutely adult....Mr. Resnais's narrative techniques are similarly refined. The edits are as smooth as the fluid camerawork..."
    New York Times

    "The grand old filmmaker frames each scene like a fine painting." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the beautifully tuned ensemble acting that infuses this funny, sad treat with real humanist heft."
    Total Film

    "[An] elegant, highly formal play on the toings and froings of six characters....PRIVATE FEARS demonstrates once again Resnais' formal mastery."
    Sight and Sound

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