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Two Distant Strangers (2020)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Sci-Fi | 20 November 2020 (USA)
A man trying to get home to his dog gets stuck in a time loop that forces him to relive a deadly run-in with a cop.


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Credited cast:
Joey Bada$$ ... Carter
Andrew Howard ... Merk
Zaria ... Perri (as Zaria Simone)
Mona Sishodia ... Fruit Seller
Cameron Early ... Street Cop 1
Jeremy Rivette ... Street Cop 2
Trevor Morgan ... Street Cop 3
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Bragg ... Corporate Chump
Michael Chenette ... Alleyway Cop
Ana González ... Businesswoman
Timmy Hall Timmy Hall ... Running Teen 1
Sterling Temple Howard ... Skater Dude
Annie Hsu ... Short Lover
Shane J Kroll ... Tall Lover
Aizhan Lighg ... Yoga Bae


In "Two Distant Strangers", cartoonist Carter James' repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again. Starring Joey Bada$$, Andrew Howard and Zaria Simone.

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Short | Drama | Sci-Fi


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During the 'ride along' scene, Carter mentions that a scene in a movie with Kevin Hart was a 'lie'. The movie in question is Ride Along (2014). See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Merk: Shit. This is so fucking weird.
Carter: Tell me about it, man.
Merk: I feel like I've been smoking one of your cigarettes. And this has been happening how long, how many times?
Carter: Man, if my count is correct, 99 -- oh, it's your mom. She doesn't want anything.
Merk: What? -- You're a voodoo child, motherfucker.
Carter: She calls you anytime it takes longer than five minutes to kill me.
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The Way It Is
written by Bruce Hornsby
performed by Bruce Hornsby and the Range
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It may not be subtle, but its message needs to be loud and clear
12 April 2021 | by MovieGeekBlogSee all my reviews

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Nominated for Best short film at the Oscar this year, this wonderful little film uses the "old" Groundhog Day formula to great effect and does something which is not just completely new within a genre which never ceases to surprise me, but also manages to deliver one of the most important moral lessons and heartbreaking message.

It might not be subtle, but the circumstances are such that subtlety is meaningless at this point.

The names over the credits serve as a reminder of how much out of hands this has gone. Just as I am writing this the news of 20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed by a policeman who "accidentally discharged a "handgun".

Yes, it is the real groundhog day.

Beautiful, clever and very effective.

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