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Perfect Strangers (2003)

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A woman goes home with the best-looking stranger, only to discover she's been kidnapped.

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Gaylene Preston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachael Blake ... Melanie
Robyn Malcolm ... Aileen
Madeleine Sami ... Andrea
Jed Brophy ... Pete
Joel Tobeck ... Bill
Paul Glover ... Jim
Sam Neill ... The Man
George Cassells George Cassells ... Takeaway Patron
Louis Cassells Louis Cassells ... Takeaway Patron
Nic Farra Nic Farra ... Takeaway Patron
Nic Gorman Nic Gorman ... Takeaway Patron
Lorraine Ryder Lorraine Ryder ... Publican
Ian Ryder Ian Ryder ... Publican
Richard Bullock Richard Bullock ... Bushman
Paul O'Shea Paul O'Shea ... Bushman
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Melanie is out with the girls in a country town on New Zealand's wild but beautiful West Coast when she meets the perfect stranger. The inevitable question 'your place or mine?' arises and Melanie chooses his, not knowing it is a fishing boat. In the morning they are at sea destined for the stranger's home on a remote and inaccessible island. Despite the man's charm, Melanie comes to the realisation she has been kidnapped but, gradually, is captivated by strangely symbiotic nature of their relationship Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 2004 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Near the end of the movie, as Melanie is eating, there is a shot where she has a big piece of egg on her fork. In the next shot, it's a small piece of meat, and she is holding the fork differently. See more »

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Love, madness, life. A thriller for "adults"
28 March 2006 | by mkw-5See all my reviews

A previous previewer said that this was in his/her opinion "like a small student movie", like that would be something bad(?). Anyway, there is nothing amateurish or "student" in this movie. Maybe the guy was talking about the simplicity and small-scaleness of the film. Yes, it is that. But simplicity is/can be very brave and rare today. Many times filmmakers try to hide their lack of ideas under a chaos of different ideas and technical complexity.

This was not the greatest masterpiece of all time, but it was well worth watching. The script was very clever, and the directing and the "flow" of the movie was very well made. Sam Neill and the lead actress were very good castings for these roles. I think it's refreshing to see movies that don't try to be anything else than what they are. I rate this movie not compared to any other movies I've seen, but as an independent being and work.


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