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Once We Were Strangers (1997)

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 ...
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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 ...
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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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On Sabbath Day (Yom Shabbat)
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A definitive classic on cultural gaps
21 April 2004 | by (Luxembourg) – See all my reviews

I decided to come and tell everybody how great this film is when I noticed that, 7 years after I watched it, I still use it both mentally and in conversation as a source for situation quotes.

It happens regularly that I read, or discuss something that touches on the behavioral differences between people with different cultural backgrounds and this movies springs to my mind time and again : "it's just like in 'once we were strangers' when the Italian guy tries to follow the girl inside the building with his cigarette" or "this is like carbonara with garlic", etc., etc.

For anyone that works or lives in a multinational environment, this film is an eye-opener and a great teacher of tolerance and understanding for our differences (that go much deeper than we would otherwise be ready to acknowledge).


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