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Movie Review: Intimate Strangers


Alternate Title: Knock, Knock - Who's There?

Story: Want a slow paced, engaging, character driven summer film? Check out director Patrice LaConte's latest film, Intimate Strangers.

Did you ever wonder what was behind door #2? The premise behind the story is a would-be patient seeking therapy knocks on the wrong door and ends up with a tax accountant listening to her tales of woe. This funny twist unleashes a series of turns and unusual story lines that I found amusing, interesting and while not always believable -- very entertaining.

The real story is about isolation and the need for people to connect with another human being in order to explore the world and all it has to offer. Skip the summer explosions and cartoon characters and check out this French delight.

Acting: Fabrice Luchini as the mistaken therapist is the star of the film. He is a comic actor with a wonderful world weary look and wit. Sandrine Bonnaire as the patient, is on the mark with her performance.

Predilection: None.

Soundtrack: An eclectic track and one shining moment of fun to the tune of Wilson Pickett's 'In the Midnight Hour.'

Opening Titles: Simple

Theater Audience: The two of us and about 20 other entertained theater go-ers.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 1

Predictability Level: Moderate.

Oscar Worthy: No.

Nit Picking: No nits to pick.

Big Screen or Rental: Either would be fine. For some other Patrice LaConte films, try renting: The Man on the Train, The Widow of Saint-Pierre and The Hairdresser's Husband.

Length: Under two hours.

LOBO HOWLS: 7