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the_DT
uncompromising_JJ
nudity_NN
bared_VBD
throughout_IN
petrice_NN
chereau_NN
's_POS
intimacy_NN
has_HVZ
already_RB
garnered_VBN
much_DT
notoriety_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
naked_JJ
faces_NNS
of_IN
fearless_JJ
actors_NNS
mark_VB
rylance_NN
(_(
angels_NNS
&_???
insects_NNS
)_(
and_CC
kerry_NP
fox_NN
(_(
welcome_NN
to_IN
sarajevo_NP
)_)
that_CS
the_DT
tender_JJ
ache_VB
of_IN
emotional_JJ
resonance_NN
is_BEZ
discovered_VBN
._.
with_IN
sharp_JJ
,_,
intelligent_JJ
eyes_NNS
that_CS
reflect_VB
experience_NN
and_CC
maturity_NN
,_,
rylance_NN
and_CC
fox_NN
are_BER
refreshingly_RB
detached_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
false_JJ
glamour_NN
of_IN
hollywood_NP
idols_NNS
._.
their_PP$
sex_NN
scenes_NNS
together_RB
are_BER
bracing_VBG
in_IN
their_PP$
raw_JJ
honesty_NN
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
acceptance_NN
of_IN
flesh_NN
and_CC
messiness_NN
._.
less_DT
apparent_JJ
,_,
but_CC
no_DT
less_RBR
remarkable_JJ
,_,
are_BER
the_DT
astute_JJ
observations_NNS
of_IN
behavior_JJ
revealed_VBN
through_IN
those_DT
carnal_JJ
beats_VBZ
of_IN
haste_NN
and_CC
hesitance_NN
,_,
often_RB
without_IN
a_DT
single_JJ
line_NN
of_IN
dialogue_NN
._.
not_XNOT
aiming_VBG
for_IN
the_DT
spiritual_JJ
poetry_NN
of_IN
in_IN
the_DT
realm_NN
of_IN
the_DT
senses_NNS
or_CC
the_DT
philosophical_JJ
transgressions_NNS
of_IN
crash_NN
,_,
chereau_NN
keeps_VBZ
his_PP$
sexual_JJ
odyssey_NN
firmly_RB
grounded_VBN
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
straightforward_JJ
character_NN
development_NN
._.
that_CS
may_MD
be_BE
the_DT
very_RB
reason_NN
why_WRB
intimacy_NN
seems_VBZ
unerringly_RB
impressive_JJ
but_CC
never_RB
particularly_RB
significant_JJ
on_IN
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
tactile_JJ
,_,
sensory_NN
level_NN
._.
the_DT
themes_NNS
of_IN
human_JJ
isolation_NN
are_BER
barren_JJ
and_CC
obvious_JJ
,_,
a_DT
science_NN
project_NN
devoid_JJ
of_IN
any_DT
especially_RB
groundbreaking_VBG
hypothesis_NN
._.
intimacy_NN
does_DOZ
manage_VB
to_TO
stand_VB
out_RP
from_IN
lesser_JJ
portraits_NNS
of_IN
"_"
human_JJ
interconnectedness_NN
"_"
and_CC
pinter-esque_NN
rummages_NNS
through_IN
psychological_JJ
dirty_JJ
drawers_NNS
(_(
okay_RB
,_,
kill_VB
me_PP
)_)
._.
shallow_JJ
though_CS
it_PP
might_MD
sound_VB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
amazing_JJ
how_WRB
much_DT
is_BEZ
filled_VBN
in_IN
through_IN
an_DT
inspired_JJ
cast_NN
,_,
perceptive_JJ
camerawork_NN
,_,
and_CC
imaginative_JJ
ways_NNS
of_IN
treating_VBG
the_DT
love_NN
scene_NN
._.
those_DT
ingredients_NNS
are_BER
too_RB
assured_VBN
and_CC
confident_JJ
to_IN
merely_RB
dismiss_VB
as_CS
icing_NN
on_IN
the_DT
cake_NN
,_,
especially_RB
since_CS
they_PP
are_BER
the_DT
substance_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cake_NN
itself_PPX
._.
adapted_VBN
from_IN
a_DT
pair_NN
of_IN
short_JJ
stories_NNS
by_IN
british_JJ
novelist_NN
hanif_???
kureishi_NP
,_,
intimacy_NN
weaves_VBZ
desperate_JJ
lovemaking_NN
between_IN
two_CD
strangers_NNS
in_IN
london_NP
._.
every_DT
wednesday_NP
,_,
jay_NP
(_(
rylance_NN
)_)
and_CC
claire_NP
(_(
fox_NN
)_)
meet_VB
in_IN
his_PP$
cluttered_JJ
,_,
dank_JJ
apartment_NN
for_IN
an_DT
hour_NN
or_CC
two_CD
of_IN
sexual_JJ
release_NN
from_IN
their_PP$
uninspired_JJ
lives_NNS
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
been_BEN
head_JJ
bartender_NN
at_IN
a_DT
posh_JJ
restaurant_NN
for_IN
over_IN
six_CD
years_NNS
._.
she_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
mystery_NN
to_IN
him_PP
but_CC
her_PP$
glum_JJ
workaday_NN
appearance_NN
reveals_VBZ
a_DT
similar_JJ
dissatisfaction_NN
._.
they're_???
both_RB
married_JJ
,_,
but_CC
his_PP$
relationship_NN
has_HVZ
curdled_JJ
into_IN
an_DT
embittered_JJ
separation_NN
._.
as_CS
the_DT
weeks_NNS
draw_VB
on_IN
,_,
jay_NN
obsessively_RB
takes_VBZ
it_PP
upon_IN
himself_PPX
to_IN
uncover_VB
claire_NP
's_POS
personal_JJ
routines_NNS
._.
in_IN
his_PP$
attempt_NN
to_IN
gain_NN
a_DT
fuller_NP
semblance_NN
of_IN
who_WP
she_PP
is_BEZ
,_,
he_PP
opens_VBZ
wounds_NNS
that_CS
hadn't_HVD
existed_VBN
before_IN
by_IN
single-handedly_JJ
corrupting_NN
the_DT
fantasy_NN
._.
if_CS
it_PP
weren't_BED
for_IN
a_DT
few_DT
unnecessary_JJ
subplots_NNS
involving_VBG
jay_NN
's_POS
brother_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
bevy_NN
of_IN
disgruntled_JJ
co-workers_NNS
,_,
this_DT
minimalist_NN
premise_NN
might_MD
be_BE
described_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
modern_JJ
fable_NN
on_IN
the_DT
perils_NNS
of_IN
wish_NN
fulfillment_NN
._.
chareau_NN
's_POS
restless_JJ
camera_NN
(_(
once_RB
again_RB
wielded_VBN
by_IN
superb_JJ
and_CC
ever-attentive_JJ
cinematographer_NN
eric_NP
gautier_RBR
)_(
is_BEZ
less_DT
appropriate_JJ
here_RB
than_CS
in_IN
his_PP$
family_NN
transit-oriented_VBN
those_DT
who_WP
love_VB
me_PP
can_MD
take_VB
the_DT
train_NN
._.
the_DT
scenes_NNS
that_CS
linger_VB
are_BER
the_DT
still_RB
ones_NNS
where_CS
rylance_NN
and_CC
fox_NN
separately_RB
,_,
pensively_RB
attempt_NN
to_IN
carry_VB
on_IN
with_IN
their_PP$
makeshift_NN
household_NN
routines_NNS
._.
these_DT
are_BER
often_RB
captured_VBN
in_IN
lingering_JJ
,_,
unblinking_VBG
wide_JJ
shots_NNS
that_CS
view_NN
them_PP
stranded_JJ
amidst_IN
their_PP$
drab_JJ
workplaces_NNS
and_CC
homes_NNS
._.
separation_NN
proves_VBZ
haunting_VBG
in_IN
a_DT
melancholy_NN
series_NN
of_IN
intercut_JJ
shots_NNS
as_IN
rylance_NN
and_CC
fox_NN
undress_NN
on_IN
opposite_JJ
sides_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
room_NN
,_,
crawling_VBG
across_IN
the_DT
floor_NN
to_IN
meet_VB
in_IN
the_DT
center_NN
._.
despite_IN
being_BEG
as_IN
restless_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
fly_NN
during_IN
the_DT
hyperactive_JJ
restaurant_NN
scenes_NNS
(_(
all_PDT
the_DT
better_RBR
to_IN
blend_NN
in_IN
with_IN
a_DT
hustling_NN
crowd_NN
of_IN
gabby_JJ
trendsetters_NNS
)_)
,_,
you'd_???
be_BE
hard_JJ
pressed_VBD
to_TO
find_VB
a_DT
single_JJ
uninteresting_JJ
image_NN
._.
intimacy_NN
takes_VBZ
an_DT
interest_NN
in_IN
its_PP$
sordid_JJ
world_NN
of_IN
the_DT
lower-middle_NN
class_NN
,_,
with_IN
lonely_JJ
pubs_NNS
and_CC
busy_JJ
shopping_NN
streets_NNS
--_???
it_NN
also_RB
understands_VBZ
the_DT
people_NN
who_WP
inhabit_VB
those_DT
spaces_NNS
,_,
viewing_NN
them_PP
with_IN
sympathy_NN
scraped_VBD
raw_JJ
._.
an_DT
evaluation_NN
would_MD
be_BE
incomplete_JJ
without_IN
highlighting_VBG
the_DT
great_JJ
timothy_NP
spall_NN
(_(
the_DT
robust_JJ
scene-stealer_NN
of_IN
many_DT
a_DT
mike_NP
leigh_NP
collaboration_NN
)_)
._.
as_CS
claire_NP
's_POS
cuckolded_JJ
husband_NN
,_,
this_DT
jocular_JJ
heavyweight_NN
plays_VBZ
out_RP
his_PP$
handful_NN
of_IN
bitter_JJ
pill_NN
scenes_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
unforced_JJ
menace_NN
and_CC
self-effacing_JJ
embarrassment_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
imposing_JJ
bulk_NN
._.
bangs_NNS
in_IN
his_PP$
eyes_NNS
,_,
his_PP$
mouth_NN
forming_VBG
into_IN
quizzical_JJ
pouts_NNS
and_CC
dry_JJ
smirks_NNS
,_,
he_PP
may_MD
seem_VB
the_DT
fool_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
barroom_NN
encounters_NNS
opposite_JJ
a_DT
sarcastic_JJ
,_,
gleaming_JJ
mark_NN
rylance_NN
(_(
whose_WP$
jay_NN
has_HVZ
arrived_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
scene_NN
looking_VBG
to_IN
stir_NN
up_RP
some_DT
trouble_NN
)_)
,_,
but_CC
spall_NN
is_BEZ
no_DT
one_CD
to_IN
trifle_NN
with_IN
._.
his_PP$
overreaching_NN
best_JJS
pal_NN
demeanor_NP
suggests_VBZ
a_DT
mind_NN
abuzz_???
with_IN
secret_NN
passageways_NNS
of_IN
guile_NN
,_,
his_PP$
pointed_JJ
questions_NNS
only_RB
na_TO
?_?
ve_???
if_CS
you_PP
choose_VB
not_XNOT
to_TO
read_VB
into_IN
their_PP$
crafty_JJ
insinuations_NNS
._.
in_IN
his_PP$
unassuming_JJ
way_NN
,_,
spall_NN
's_POS
carefully_RB
etched_VBN
interpretation_NN
of_IN
hostility_NN
buried_VBN
under_IN
a_DT
mountain_NN
of_IN
surface_NN
propriety_NN
may_MD
become_VB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
criminally_RB
underappreciated_VBN
performances_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
,_,
but_CC
maybe_RB
also_RB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
that_DT
good_JJ
._.
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