|Directed by||Patrice Chéreau|
|Produced by||Patrick Cassavetti|
|Screenplay by||Anne-Louise Trividic|
|Based on||Intimacy by|
|Music by||Eric Neveux|
|Editing by||Karen Lindsay-Stewart|
|Distributed by||Empire Pictures Inc.|
|Release date(s)||23 November 2001|
|Running time||119 min.|
Intimacy is an international co-production among production companies in France, the U.K., Germany, and Spain featuring a soundtrack of pop songs from the 1970s and 1980s. It was written by Chéreau with Anne-Louise Trividic, based on stories by Hanif Kureishi (who also wrote a novel of the same title). This mainstream considered film contains unsimulated sex scenes. A French-dubbed version features voice actors Jean-Hugues Anglade and Nathalie Richard.
The film has been associated with the New French Extremity.
PlotJay (Rylance) is a bartender who abandoned his family, because his wife lost interest in him and their relationship.
Now living alone in a decrepit house, he has casual weekly sex with an anonymous woman (Fox), whose name he doesn't know. At first, their relationship is purely physical, but he eventually falls in love with her.
Wanting to know more about her, Jay follows her across the streets of London to the grey suburbs where she lives. He then follows her to a theatre pub where she is working as an actress in the evenings. Jay learns that her name is Claire, and has a husband (Timothy Spall) and a son. Subsequently it is made clear to Jay that Claire will not leave her family. They meet for a final time, and have sex with an intimacy that has been missing during the illicit sex sessions of their previous encounters.
- Mark Rylance - Jay
- Kerry Fox - Claire
- Susannah Harker - Susan, Jay's wife
- Alastair Galbraith - Victor
- Philippe Calvario - Ian
- Timothy Spall - Andy
- Marianne Faithfull - Betty
- Fraser Ayres - Dave
- Michael Fitzgerald - Bar owner
- Robert Addie - Bar owner
ReceptionIntimacy was placed at 91 on Slant Magazine's best films of the 2000s.
AwardsIntimacy won the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bear for Best Actress (Kerry Fox) at the Berlin Film Festival in 2001.