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:: Intimate Strangers (Confidences Trop Intimes)

Patrice Leconte is an enigmatic director who conjures up the shrewdest of stories. Remember his work in “Man On The Train” and “Girl On The Bridge” and you’ll see his unique take on relationship studies. The French-language drama layers delicate charm over disturbing intensity and it shows Leconte at the top of his game again.

The analysis turns to Anna (Sandrine Bonnaire) who arrives at a Paris apartment building for an appointment with a new therapist. Instead, she accidentally ends up in the offices of a tax advisor William Faber (Fabrice Luchini) who reacts with good grace and doesn’t even let on that he knows it’s a mistake.He allows Anna to continue visiting his office, while she relates stories concerning her unfaithful husband and other personal details.
William finds himself drawn towards this mysterious woman and her intimate monologues. He just sits quietly and listens. It’s quite change for him to listen to intimate details of a personal nature than boring old tax details. Soon after she realises the situation she’s in yet still wishes to confide in him.

Director Leconte has cast two most suitable actors to fulfil the intriguing story and keeps the film rolling over on a simmer. You might ask questions about the course of action that is likely to arise. Leconte keeps it all pretty interesting while the viewer is itching for action.

It’s a love story of a different kind – between two lonely, needy people – and it’s carried out through the dialogues against a sparse background, usually William’s office. Leconte does well to engage us in the sin of curiosity French style and, though somewhat old-fashioned in some ways, tells of bared souls as much as hidden flesh. It will be a turn-on for some.