Monday, October 29, 2007

Coeurs (Alain Resnais, 2006) aka Private Fears in Public Places

Private Fears in Public Places (Alain Resnais, 2006)
Rating: 6.2

Based on Alan Ayckbourn's stage play Private Fears in Public Places is an uninteresting character study that offers nothing new as it's basically just another ensemble piece that loosely connects a group of people through hard to swallow coincidence. Even worse, the film is excessively talky, and I found the sets and lighting, as well as the acting to be overly stagey and artificial. The use of the falling snow as a transition between scenes is also rather phony and becomes redundant. The film is all too melodramatic and not so subtle, commenting on solitude, alienation, relationships, the guise of religion, etc. At times it felt like I was watching a television movie you'd see on the Lifetime channel, which is why I'm usually not fond of stage plays converted to film.

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