Presented at Focus on French Cinema in 2008
Awards: Silver Lion for Best Director, Mostra internationale de cinéma de Venise (Italie, 2006); Prix Méliès 2006
Six Parisians engage in a lonely and mostly unsuccessful search for real love: Nicole (Sabine Azéma) and Dan (Pierre Arditi) are engaged to be married, but his drinking drives them apart; Thierry (Isabelle Carré) flirts with a religious co-worker (André Dussollier) who has a secret vice; Gaelle (Lambert Wilson) answers numerous personal ads, but her dates never show up.
Things happen in Alain Resnais’s “Private Fears in Public Places,” much as they do in life. There is a breakup, a brief encounter, an awkward rejection. There are hot tears and heavy sighs. But because this is an Alain Resnais film, things happen with elegant camera moves and syncopated editing, and they happen to characters in near-geometric alignment: six heavenly bodies as seen through a mighty telescope. NYT, April 2007