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Perfect Strangers (2016)

Perfetti sconosciuti (original title)
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Seven long-time friends get together for a dinner. When they decide to share with each other the content of every text message, email and phone call they receive, many secrets start to unveil and the equilibrium trembles.

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Paolo Genovese

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Filippo Bologna (screenplay), Paolo Costella (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Giuseppe Battiston ... Peppe
Anna Foglietta ... Carlotta
Marco Giallini ... Rocco
Edoardo Leo Edoardo Leo ... Cosimo
Valerio Mastandrea ... Lele
Alba Rohrwacher ... Bianca
Kasia Smutniak ... Eva
Benedetta Porcaroli ... Sofia
Elisabetta De Palo Elisabetta De Palo ... Nonna
Tommaso Tatafiore Tommaso Tatafiore ... Bruno
Noemi Pagotto Noemi Pagotto ... Rosa
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On a warm summer evening, the loving couple of Rocco, a plastic surgeon, and Eva, a therapist, are expecting their good friends to share a pleasant gathering over dinner. Everything is in order: The first course is ready; the roast is in the oven; the table is set, and without a doubt, this is going to be a meeting of true friends. Before long, the group begins the feast; however, in this nice but somewhat ordinary dinner, there is certainly something missing. Perhaps, if everyone placed their mobile phones on the table--and like a dangerous Russian roulette shared whatever arrived (texts, WhatsApp messages, and calls)--it would spice things up. Clearly, this uncommon truth-or-dare game has no point among honest companions who share everything with each other; nevertheless, when the phones start ringing, who will be the one with the sweatiest palms? Written by Nick Riganas

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Each of us has three lives: a public, a private and a secret See more »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 February 2016 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Perfectos desconocidos See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Opening Weekend:

€3,325,953 (Italy), 14 February 2016, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,470,000, 31 August 2018
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2.35 : 1
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The literal translation of the title of the movie, "Perfect Strangers", is the name of a famous song by Deep Purple. Beside this, the host of the dinner in the movie, Rocco, when the moon eclipse is complete, says about the secrets of life: it's "The Dark Side of the Moon", which is a famous song by Pink Floyd. See more »

Quotes

Peppe: Eva, how do you know if you're in love?
Eva: Why are you asking me?
Peppe: You study these things.
Bianca: I'll tell you. If you talk to her for 30 minutes a day, you're in love.
Peppe: What if I talk for 60 minutes?
Carlotta: Then you're madly in love.
Lele: Then you stop talking, which means you're married!
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I Will Survive
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Is your cell phone safe to make a transparency?
14 July 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

Usually the films based on the dinner party associate with either family or the friends reunion and sometimes business related affair. But there's always a reason for such gathering like it might be a wedding, funeral, anniversary, a school reunion, getting a job or promotion, victory celebration et cetera. In this film, it was some long time friends meet which seems its their regular thing to do often. This tale covers one such fine evening to reveal what they actually do. A limited cast and one night event based film that cleverly and cautiously covers sensitive topics of the married life and trust of the friendship.

It has been almost a year since my last Italian film and now I'm happy for choosing this. I was not certain that I would like it till I saw it. So I would say same to you that see it first and then judge the product. This is really a good comedy-drama with a dark tone. We all adapted the modern way of life and gadgets makes so easy to accomplish things around us. In that, cell phones might come the first. Carrying it all the time became only next to wearing clothes, surely an artificial/digital sense of man. It also has some flaws, like it may land you in troubles as it's a part of AI, not human. I think it is easy to forecast a man's future by checking out his phone rather than his horoscope.

Seven friends, including three married couples and one single man gather for a dinner party. They have been doing it for a very long time and that's where they all can share each others current life affair. Having some laughs and serious discussions, it defines the strength of their relationship. Every occasions won't be the same, there's always a first time for everything. That's how the event comes crashing out.

While the party was going smooth, unexpectedly a game emerges that they all must place their phones on the table to prove they have no secrets from each other. Incoming and outgoing calls, texts, emails, everything must be heard by everyone at the table. What do you think would happen? Before saying anything, just place yourself in that position and do you think you can get away with a clean slate? Obviously tough to answer that, only practical observation would bring the result.

"He's seeing a therapist, not a whore! Come on!"

Every time when there's an alert for an incoming call or message, the atmosphere gets more tense and as a viewer I went blinkless. It is not about what people hid from others, it is the reaction in the room when their secret was exposed. This is when adults become teenagers who try to explain the stuff when their parents find out their secrets. And so the friends become complete strangers. Because friends must back each other in the bad times, but in this scenario, it was totally out of the proportion regarding their action. Okay, if we push away the friendship, then how's the married one should take it. Feels very simple, since everyone involved in something, it has turned out to be a complicated affair.

Like I said I've seen plenty of similar themed films, but this one was something unique in a simple way. There's a vast difference between what do you witness in the opening compared to how it concludes. A bad mouth can spoil a beautiful occasion, but now it is avoided since people learnt to shut their mouth. Just remember the film 'August: Osage County' and this film was no way close to it as a story, but developed to the next gen, the digital troubles the mankind had set to face. This film revealed how much a cell phone would cause trouble, then think what would happen with the robots of the tomorrow. Surely in 20-30 years from now, a similar film will be made with the bots.

At some point, I thought it might be the Italian version of the 'Coherence' for inclusion of lunar eclipse in the plot. I'm not going to say anything about that, you'll get it in your watch. There's no end twist, but it was an unexpected final scene. By then you will understand the meaning of the title. Awesome screenplay and well performed actors, this is one of the best films of the year so far. This is not a sci-fi or a thriller or a visual spectacular, but a smart little drama and I'm sensing that somebody might consider it for a remake. I know everyone won't like as much I did, but I won't end my review without recommending it. If you like talk movies, sure you does enjoy it.

8.5/10


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