Intimate Relations (1953 film)

Intimate Relations is a 1953 British drama film directed by Charles Frank and based upon the play Les Parents terribles by Jean Cocteau.[1] The film was known in the U.S. as Disobedient.[2] It was entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

Intimate Relations
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Directed byCharles Frank
Produced byDavid Dent
Written byCharles Frank (screenplay)
Based onthe play Les Parents terribles by Jean Cocteau
StarringHarold Warrender
Music byRené Cloërec
CinematographyWilkie Cooper
Edited byPeter Bezencenet
David Dent Productions (as Advance)
Distributed byAdelphi Films Ltd.
Release date
  • March 1953 (1953-03)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Crisis in a middle-class family when the son falls in love with his father's mistress. Family ties are stretched to breaking point, and the mother fears she'll lose her son as well as her husband.


Critical receptionEdit

The New York Times's review concluded "the film's highlight, one superbly conceived and well-performed scene with the father and girl at loggerheads over the boy. As we contend, the author does know better. He has perceptively hammerlocked youth and age, and until the half-way mark, the above-mentioned encounter, the quandary is genuinely intriguing. But M. Cocteau's triumphant rattling of the Oedipus legend tilts the apple cart, and some of his own dialogue provides the best summary. "What a nightmare!" moans Miss Spencer at one point. Mr. Warrender: "You're telling me" ;[4] and TV Guide wrote "the film is too talky and constricted by stage motifs. Enoch and Albiin, the mistress, do have a nice chemistry, though." [2]


  1. ^ "Intimate Relations (1953)". BFI.
  2. ^ a b "Disobedient".
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Intimate Relations". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  4. ^ H. H. T. (22 February 1954). "THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; ' Intimate Relations,' Film Version of a Play by Jean Cocteau, Arrives of the Baronet". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 March 2017.

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