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Directed by Patrice Chéreau
Produced by Patrick Cassavetti
Jacques Hinstin
Charles Gassot
Screenplay by Anne-Louise Trividic
Patrice Chéreau
Based on Intimacy by
Hanif Kureishi
Starring Mark Rylance
Kerry Fox
Alastair Galbraith
Susannah Harker
Timothy Spall
Music by Éric Neveux
Cinematography Francois Gedigier
Edited by Karen Lindsay-Stewart
Distributed by Empire Pictures Inc.
Release date
23 November 2001
Running time
119 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $0.4 million[1]

Intimacy is a 2001 British film directed by Patrice Chéreau, starring Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox.

Intimacy is an international co-production among production companies in France, the U.K., Germany, and Spain featuring a soundtrack of pop songs from the 1970s and 1980s. It was written by Chéreau with Anne-Louise Trividic, based on stories by Hanif Kureishi (who also wrote a novel of the same title). This mainstream-defined film contains an unsimulated fellatio scene by Fox on Rylance.[2] A French-dubbed version features voice actors Jean-Hugues Anglade and Nathalie Richard.

The film has been associated with the New French Extremity.[3]


Jay (Rylance) is a bartender who abandoned his family, because his wife lost interest in him and their relationship.

Now living alone in a decrepit house, he has casual weekly sex with an anonymous woman (Fox), whose name he doesn't know. At first, their relationship is purely physical, but he eventually falls in love with her.

Wanting to know more about her, Jay follows her across the streets of London to the grey suburbs where she lives. He then follows her to a pub theatre where she is working as an actress in the evenings. Jay learns that her name is Claire, and she has a husband (Timothy Spall) and a son. Subsequently it is made clear to Jay that Claire will not leave her family. They meet for a final time, and have sex with an intimacy that has been missing during the illicit sex sessions of their previous encounters.



Intimacy was placed at 91 on Slant Magazine's best films of the 2000s.[5]


Intimacy won the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bear for Best Actress (Kerry Fox) at the Berlin Film Festival in 2001.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Box Office Mojo
  2. ^
  3. ^ Quandt, James, "Flesh & Blood: Sex and violence in recent French cinema", ArtForum, February 2004 [1] Access date: 10 July 2008.
  4. ^ fr:Philippe Calvario
  5. ^ "Best of the Aughts: Film". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 

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