Perfect Strangers

I’ll admit it – the plot synopsis seemed a little gimmicky before I watched the movie.  A group of old friends attending a dinner party agree to put their cell phones in the middle of the table and read every message or call out loud for the duration of the evening.  As you may expect there were secrets (it would be a pretty dull movie if there weren’t any).  But what transpires after that is really surprising as the movie takes on layers that I did not see coming (both in terms of the secrets and the symbolism).  While there is a bit of final commentary in the final scene the storytelling in the scene before it is really excellent.

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Movie title: Perfect Strangers

Movie description: During a dinner, a group of friends decide to share whatever text message or phone call they will receive during the evening - and all hell breaks loose.

Date published: 2020-02-28

Director(s): Paolo Genovese

Actor(s): Valerio Mastandrea, Kasia Smutniak, Marco Giallini, Alba Rohrwacher, Anna Foglietta, Giuseppe Battiston, Edoardo Leo, Benedetta Porcaroli, Elisabetta De Palo, Tommaso Tatafiore, Noemi Pagotto

Genre: Comedy, Drama

My Review

I’ll admit it – the plot synopsis seemed a little gimmicky before I watched the movie.  A group of old friends attending a dinner party agree to put their cell phones in the middle of the table and read every message or call out loud for the duration of the evening.  As you may expect there were secrets (it would be a pretty dull movie if there weren’t any).  But what transpires after that is really surprising as the movie takes on layers that I did not see coming (both in terms of the secrets and the symbolism).  While there is a bit of final commentary in the final scene the storytelling in the scene before it is really excellent.

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