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Private Fears in Public Places


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  • The film is sympathetic toward these characters, but it spends all it’s time trying to vigorously shake them out of the funks they’re entrenched in, despite having already decided that this isn’t possible, which means that the material isn’t always up to the visual standard Resnais establishes.

  • Made by Resnais in his mid-80s, this movie is a real heart-breaker--one reason I prefer the French title, Coeurs ("hearts"). Derived from a recent play by Alan Ayckbourn (Resnais also adapted his Intimate Exchanges for the 1993 film Smoking/No Smoking), Private Fears in Public Places is a labyrinthine tale of crisscrossing destinies, missed connections, enclosures that poignantly echo one another, and muffled romantic and erotic feelings.

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