Intimate Strangers [2004] [R] - 6.3.5

 
 

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A woman thinks she's visiting a psychiatrist, but she ends up confiding her marital problems to a tax attorney whose office is two doors down from the psychiatrist's. However, she continues to come to the attorney's office for weekly sessions and a peculiar bond develops between the two. With Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Bonnaire, Michael Duchaussoy, Anne Brochet and Gilbert Melki. Directed by Patrice Leconte. In French with English subtitles. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman describes to a man how her husband made love to her and the man interjects several clinical sexual terms. A woman tells a man that her husband wants her to have sex with another man. A woman talks about masturbating and reaching an orgasm. A woman talks to a man about sex with her husband, saying: "we don't have sex anymore," "he doesn't touch me anymore," and that he is unable to become aroused. A woman describes her husband's fantasies: "he likes to watch me use the bathroom." A woman talks about missing "the kissing, the cuddling." A woman lies back on a couch, a man sits next to her and they talk. A man watches a man and a woman kissing passionately. A man and a woman kiss. A man lies in a bed covered to the shoulders with a sheet, and a woman adjusts her clothes (suggesting that they have had sex). A woman kisses a man on the cheek. A woman lies on a sofa and touches her chest. A man talks about having seen a nude woman in a window. On a TV show a man and a woman talk about a priest being a woman's lover. A woman wears a halter-top that reveals bare shoulders, back and cleavage. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man lunges at a man and squeezes his face. A man confronts another man and accuses him of having an affair with his wife. A man has an anxiety attack in an elevator (he is afraid of elevators) and we hear him screaming. A woman talks about having accidentally hit her husband with a car and crushing one of his legs. A woman talks about feeling angry enough to kill a man and that she "felt raped." A woman talks about her father having died in a car accident when she was young. A woman faints on a train platform. We see a man and a woman arguing (through a window). A woman flicks cigarette ash into a trash basket, the papers inside catch fire and they are doused with water.

PROFANITY 5 - 6 F-words, 14 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage, divorce, sexual dysfunction, love, truth, disappointment, betrayal, loneliness, lies, memories, phobias, dreams, death of a parent, jealousy.

MESSAGE - It's never too late to do something that you want to do. Love is an incurable sickness.

(Note: People smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.)

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