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Once We Were Strangers (1997)

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Antonio is a seductive, charismatic Sicilian living illegally in New York. He wanders from job to job, lives as a squatter and enjoys a carefree romantic tryst with a wealthy art dealer. ... See full summary »

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Antonio
Jessica Whitney Gould ...
Ellen
Anjalee Deshpande ...
Devi
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Apu
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Natasha
Lázaro Pérez ...
Homeless Man (as Lazaro Perez)
Stephen Michaels ...
Doctor
Adrián Witzke ...
Todd (as Adrian Witzke)
Seamus McNally ...
Photographer / Bar Creep
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Supermarket Cashier
Sherry Skinker ...
Jen
Ostaro ...
Porn Shop Owner
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Building Security
Robert Gourp ...
Porn Director
Susan Mitchell ...
Cop
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Antonio is a seductive, charismatic Sicilian living illegally in New York. He wanders from job to job, lives as a squatter and enjoys a carefree romantic tryst with a wealthy art dealer. When he falls in love with Ellen, a strong-willed radio talk-show host who is set to move to Paris within a few days, he decides he must find a way to keep her from leaving. Meanwhile, Antonio's friend Apu faces a love challenge of his own. Apu is a young Indian-turned-New Yorker who was sent from his homeland with his family's life savings to find the American dream of success and fulfillment. He works hard at odds jobs-- from being a guinea pig in a drug-testing lab to dubbing porno films. Then his life is completely uprooted on the day his pre-arranged wife from India arrives in New York--the woman chosen by their families when they were children, one he hasn't seen since he was 8 and she was 4. Apu is caught between the old world and the new--trying to find love and happiness within the confines ... Written by <mwprods@mindspring.com>

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Antonio: Beautiful women are for men with no imagination.
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Le quattro stagioni
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Orchestra da camera italiana
Courtesy of BMG Ricordi Spa
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Great, great, great
13 December 2000 | by (Den Haag, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

How come I always happen to come across the good movies on tv and not in the theatres. Once We Were Strangers is a great example for this question. This gem didn't even open in theatres here in Holland, probably because the distributors thought it would have been unmarketable and too small, whatever that may mean. With the right marketing strategy this movie could have been a pretty decent box-office player, especially in arthouses (and we have quite a lot of those here in Holland.) Shame on them.

It reminded me a lot of the movies Edward Burns made, especially She's The One. The tone is really sweet and not at all threatening, although it is situated in a quite hostile city, New York City. The humor was very well timed, performances were allround great.

The only problem I had was that the audience had to keep up with to very distinct love stories unfolding at the same time, and that in the process of this happening the relationship of the Indian guy was somewhat neglected in the story.

But it was nonetheless a very enjoyable flick.

8/10


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