Focal Point – Private Fears in Public Places (2006)
Private Fears in Public Places is the English-language title of Cœurs (tr. “Hearts”), that was a 2006 French film directed by Alain Resnais. This film was adapted from Alan Ayckbourn’s play Private Fears in Public Places.
On its release, the film received an overwhelmingly positive response in the French press, whereas the enthusiasm of the public was more measured although respectably reflected at the box-office. British and American critics were widely sympathetic towards the film, but showed more reservations about the significance of the work.
Alain Resnais won a Silver Lion award for best direction at the 2006 Venice Film Festival, as well as the 2007 Étoile d’Or for best director and a FIPRESCI Prize at the 2007 European Film Awards. The film received seven nominations for the 2007 Césars but did not win any of the categories. Laura Morante won a Pasinetti Award for best actress at the 2006 Venice Film Festival.
The film had the tagline – “For six strangers in search of love, the City of Lights can be a very lonely place.” It has a running time of 120 minutes, and was released on the 22nd of November, 2006. It holds a positive rating of 78% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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