Thursday, July 5, 2007

movie: "Intimate Strangers" (3/5 stars) 2004

A good foreign film (Confidences trop intimes) about a woman with marital problems wandering into an accountant's office, assuming he's a psychologist and telling him her deepest, darkest secrets.

The movie is full of amusing bits, confrontations, awkward moments and real drama, especially when she realizes that he's an accountant and still continued the sessions.

I enjoyed it and realized part way through that I had no clue how it was going to unfold. This is far from the standard Hollywood pic I see and I'm grateful for that.

While the originality was abundant, the movie was quite slow paced and I wasn't really satisfied with the ending. Still, a lovely little quirky movie that was honest and believable.


Andy Chilton said...

I find that a lot of non-Hollywood films don't really have an ending in the same way. I think Hollywood has to have the happy ending; the good guy gets the bad guy; they fall in love.

Instead, non-Hollywood films just like telling stories and if those stories don't come to a natural high, then so be it.

Determinist said...

I agree with you 100% and frequently disagree strongly with the typical Hollywood endings.

It wasn't that problem with the ending actually, it was the part where it didn't know if it was a drama or a thriller.

That's why I didn't enjoy the ending. If anything, the climax was the most Hollywood thing about this film.