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The Stranger in Us (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 June 2010 (USA)
In this verité-style drama, Anthony, a newcomer to San Francisco, attempts to come to terms with his abusive ex-lover when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a street hustler.

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Gavin (as Adam Perez)
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Anthony
Travis Romo ...
Street Kid
Kelly Sanchez ...
Jeremy
Lee Brady ...
Grandma (voice)
Lisa Gotch ...
Voice Mail Voice (voice)
Tim Gotch ...
Bus Driver (voice)
Scott Cox ...
Stephen
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Nancy
Emily Bush ...
Sarah (voice)
Harper ...
Scolded Dog
Michael Schirmer ...
Scolding Man
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Drug Dealer / Movie Concession Patron
Alex Rodriguez ...
Chad
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Kevin
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In this verité-style drama, Anthony, a newcomer to San Francisco, attempts to come to terms with his abusive ex-lover when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a street hustler.

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Burn Like Fire  »

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In the beginning of the movie Gavin tells Anthony that he lives in Chico but when Anthony goes to Gavin's house the bus that passes is a San Mateo County bus. Chico is about 190 miles and over three hours from San Mateo. See more »

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Written by Margrit Eichler
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Three men's lives are intertwined as they search for the truth of love and freedom.
18 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After I watched this, I immediately wanted to watch it all over again. It's not something that happens every time I watch a movie of course...just the ones that I really enjoyed or spoke to me in some way. The Stranger in Us, was obviously, one of those films. It's a slightly dark film all around and definitely shows the harder side of being in a relationship (Anthony) and finding freedom and the chance to be yourself (Gavin).

One of the things that I kept thinking about The Stranger in Us is that Adam Perez, who played Gavin, is an amazing actor. I really enjoyed the character of Gavin...and he's definitely the "young adult" point of view as he's 17 through most of it. I just think Perez did an amazing job showing viewers the type of person that Gavin is and who he wishes he could be. He deals with a lot but he also has a very optimistic look on life. He does things that he shouldn't, but he also helps Anthony stay on the right side of life in other ways by not doing drugs, and not going back to Stephen. You look at the type of things Gavin does to survive on his own and you might think he has no respect for himself, but it's not as simple as that. You really get to see the various sides of his life.

The Stranger in Us is set up, editing wise, in an interesting fashion. It took me awhile to follow actually as it has three different times being mixed together. I suppose it's hard to explain, but it gets easier as the film goes on. You just have to keep watching, figure out what is happening and when, and you're good.

I'm not sure The Stranger in Us has a rating, but I suppose with everything included...I would say it's rated R as it can be a bit graphic in parts. You definitely should have a more mature audience viewing this.

I was sad when the ending came, but I also found it to be realistic. Not everything is the way you might wish it to be, and it's definitely not a "happily ever after" end, but again, it seems more real because of this. You can still see the silver lining so to speak. It definitely left me curious about the characters' futures though and I think that's a sign of a pretty good film.


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