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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 ...
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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New York Sirba
Written by Gabriele Coen, Andrea Pandolfo, Pasquale Laino, Riccardo Manzi, Marco Camboni and Leonardo Cesari
Performed by Klezroym
Courtesy of Klezroym
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an under-appreciated gem
19 May 2000 | by (Kew Gardens, NY) – See all my reviews

I agree with the other comment here. This film thoroughly charmed the audience at the recent Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival. With the right marketing, this multi-culti romantic comedy could click with audiences anywhere, but especially in big cities. I remember when I worked at Sundance, people liked it there too. Yet another case of American distributors out of touch with reality.


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