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Between Strangers (2002)

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Three women confront their pasts which changes their futures.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalia Bauer
Alexander Bauer
Alan Baxter
Grocery Store Owner
Ngozi Taymah Armatrading ...
Angolan War Child
Sydney Pearson ...
Little Girl


Toronto, 2001. Three women in spiritual crisis. In secret from her dismissive husband, Olivia draws what she sees in dreams. Catherine, a world-class cellist, has abandoned her husband and daughter to hunt down her father. Photojournalist Natalia, in her famous father's footsteps, scores her first Time Magazine cover, but realizes she has paid an incalculable price for the photo. Olivia has another secret besides her art; Catherine makes discoveries about her father; Natalia receives a gift that's undeserved: these complications push each woman in a new and unexpected direction. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Three strangers - one secret.



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Rated R for language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

13 September 2002 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Coeurs inconnus  »

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Opening Weekend:

€31,102 (Italy), 15 September 2002, Limited Release
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When the gardener Max after twenty minutes recites a poem, it is the second stanza of the poem "La vie idéale" by Charles Cros (1842-1888). See more »


When Natalia gets her "contact sheets" she views them on a lightbox. The contact sheets are positive proofs printed on paper. A lightbox, used for viewing negatives or transparencies, would be useless with a print. See more »


Referenced in Panel Quiz Attack 25: Episode dated 3 April 2005 (2005) See more »

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A multi talented (and multi nationed) cast work in telling this tale of three women confronting their lives
8 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Between strangers tells the very loosely connected story of three women, all having lost an important aspect of their lives and the chance to confront their old ghosts.

The three women are acted by three ages of women; Mira Sorvino, Debra Unger and finally the perennial Sophia Loren looking deliberately dowdy. They are supported by an able cast of some of Europe's actors, representing where the films finances were presumably gathered- Gerard depardieu (France) in an almost cameo appearance, Klaus Marie Brandauer (Germany)as an ambitious photojournalist father, Pete Postlethwaite(UK) as an embittered ex-runner.Add to that Sophia(Italy), Mira(USA) and Debra Unger(Canada) amongst others and this film must have cost more in airfares than any other cost.

It is the second film by Edoardo Ponti, son of Carlo Ponti and more famously Sophia Loren. He never lets that get in the way of the story and directs her without kid gloves.

He also wrote the script and, as a second film, it succeeds well with a story that moves along, letting us get to know and empathize with the characters and care what happens.

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