An innocent young man witnesses violence breaks out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions, a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince".
A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles.
"Talking to Strangers" is a unique film consisting of nine incidents each told in a single continuous take on a single roll of film. The only link between the segments is the presence of actor Ken Gruz, a somewhat slight but nonetheless likable performer. Technically-speaking, this low-budget film shot in Baltimore, Maryland, is nothing short of a tour de force. Writer/Director Rob Tregenza moves his camera with smooth and assured inventiveness. However, the narrative structure, and I use that term loosely, leaves something to be desired. If there is a thematic or narrative connection between the individuals segments, I must confess it was completely lost on me. That said, some of the segments were very interesting. My favorite was the scene between Ken Gruz and a priest played by Henry Strozier. However, some of the segments reeked of self- indulgence for its own sake, particularly the final one with Mr. Gruz painting a studio. Still I must give this film its due as a stylistic precursor to what Richard Linklater later accomplished more successfully in "Slacker."
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