Review: ‘Intimite’

Ablandly indecisive married woman is buffeted by the actions and opinions of her lumpy husband, her dashing lover and her closest girlfriend in "Intimite." Nicely paced first film -- inspired by a story by Jean-Paul Sartre -- is full of telling little comic touches about how people really behave.

Ablandly indecisive married woman is buffeted by the actions and opinions of her lumpy husband, her dashing lover and her closest girlfriend in “Intimite.” Nicely paced first film — inspired by a story by Jean-Paul Sartre — is full of telling little comic touches about how people really behave.

Attractive blonde Lucie (Christine Brucher) is married to older, condescending Henri but starts an affair with independently wealthy Pierre when urged to do so by Francoise, a store clerk who has no love of her own.

What Henri lacks in possessiveness he makes up for in didacticism. Henri chides his wife for watching TV at random without consulting the program guide. In one winning sequence at his mother’s house, what should be a harmless game of Trivial Pursuit is a perfect reflection of familial tensions.

Lucie tells hubby she’s leaving him, but resolve is one thing and reality another.

Thesps are fine, particularly Brucher as the wife made dull by routine, who has no handle on what she really wants.

Lensed at the height of summer, pic sports crisp, bright colors. Helmer infuses modest pic with a quirky, appealing tone that should make it welcome at fests.

Intimite

(FRENCH)

Production

A Serenade production. Produced by Benedicte Mallac, Vincent Dietschy. Directed, written by Dominik Moll, based on a short story by Jean-Paul Sartre. Camera (color), Pierre Milon; editor, Thomas Bardinet; sound, Francois Maurel, Camille Chenal. Reviewed at La Rochelle Intl. Film Festival, France, July 7, 1993. Running time:96 MIN.

With

Lucie ... Christine Brucher Francoise ... Nathalie Krebs Henri ... Francois Chattot Pierre ... Christian Izard
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