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Private Fears in Public Places

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Source: Catholic News Service

Master French filmmaker Alain Resnais' superb adaptation of British playwright Alan Ayckbourn's bittersweet comedy about six lonely characters: a real estate agent (Andre Dussollier), his lovelorn sister (Isabelle Carre), his religiously minded secretary (Sabine Azema), a widowed bartender (Pierre Arditi), an alcoholic ex-military man (Lambert Wilson) and his frustrated girlfriend (Laura Morante). A humorous stage piece with a serious undertone here becomes a breathtaking study of loneliness and alienation thanks to sensitive performances, evocative music and rich production design. Though Azema's character has proclivities wildly at odds with her pious demeanor, her imperfections pointedly represent the human flaws in all of us, while her faith is shown to be completely genuine. Subtitles. Brief suggestion of pornographic images, some rough and crude language, alcohol use, some domestic discord, premarital situations and implied sexual activity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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