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Perfetti sconosciuti (original title)
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Seven long-time friends get together for a dinner. When they decide to share with each other the content of every text message, email and phone call they receive, many secrets start to unveil and the equilibrium trembles.

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Paolo Genovese

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Filippo Bologna (screenplay), Paolo Costella (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Giuseppe Battiston ... Peppe
Anna Foglietta ... Carlotta
Marco Giallini ... Rocco
Edoardo Leo Edoardo Leo ... Cosimo
Valerio Mastandrea ... Lele
Alba Rohrwacher ... Bianca
Kasia Smutniak ... Eva
Benedetta Porcaroli ... Sofia
Elisabetta De Palo Elisabetta De Palo ... Nonna
Tommaso Tatafiore Tommaso Tatafiore ... Bruno
Noemi Pagotto Noemi Pagotto ... Rosa
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On a warm summer evening, the loving couple of Rocco, a plastic surgeon, and Eva, a therapist, are expecting their good friends to share a pleasant gathering over dinner. Everything is in order: The first course is ready; the roast is in the oven; the table is set, and without a doubt, this is going to be a meeting of true friends. Before long, the group begins the feast; however, in this nice but somewhat ordinary dinner, there is certainly something missing. Perhaps, if everyone placed their mobile phones on the table--and like a dangerous Russian roulette shared whatever arrived (texts, WhatsApp messages, and calls)--it would spice things up. Clearly, this uncommon truth-or-dare game has no point among honest companions who share everything with each other; nevertheless, when the phones start ringing, who will be the one with the sweatiest palms? Written by Nick Riganas

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Ognuno di noi ha tre vite: una pubblica, una privata e una segreta See more »

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A German version was made in 2019 - "Das perfekte Geheimnis". See more »

Quotes

Rocco: Not to turn every argument into a fight for supremacy. I don't believe it's weak to be the one to give in. In fact, I think it's wise. The only couples I see who last are those where one of the two manages to take a step back, but is really a step ahead.
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Remade as Perfect Strangers (2018) See more »

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I Will Survive
Written by Freddie Perren (uncredited) and Dino Fekaris (uncredited)
Performed by Gloria Gaynor
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Stands head and shoulders above its Hollywood counterparts
26 April 2017 | by DVR_BraleSee all my reviews

I don't remember when was the last time a saw a high quality comedy. Ninety percent of comedies that come from Hollywood are immature gibberish filled with trivialities which portray life as it never is. But now finally comes a comedy movie for grown ups with thematic elements suitable for mature audiences. Perfetti sconosciuti is very funny, sometimes sad, intelligent and charming in a way only European movies can be, especially Italian and Spanish.

Seven friends gather for a dinner. Table is and always has been a central element of human activities. Food opens people up for friendship and humor. Now, these seven people carried by such delight agree to play a game which may bring to surface things they never wanted to share. They have known each other for years but it turns out only superficially. Perfetti sconosciuti is pretty serious movie when stripped from jokes and charm. That has to be so since sharing, or more so unwillingly sharing, our deepest secrets and desires with people whom we know for years in unbelievably difficult; more difficult than sharing those things with strangers. That's why I've written that this movie is a comedy made for mature audiences - younger viewers just won't be able to read fine details and understand the difficulties, which come with years, this movie brings about.

Tempo of the movie is perfectly hit. Everything looks absolutely natural. There are no more important or less important scenes. All of them come together as to form a uniform experience. That way the viewer somehow becomes eighth person invited to the dinner, figuratively speaking. This is something similar to the way conversation keeps flowing in 12 Angry Men. Since Perfetti sconosciuti is a talk movie, acting plays a pivotal role since there are no many other elements which can compensate for it, in contrast to American made comedies which are almost entirely adventure oriented. In all sincerity I have to admit that this seven people did better job with acting than most of their over-hyped and planetary famous Hollywood colleagues. All of them covered a very wide range of emotions in a very convincing manner.

This is very refreshing and brave movie to make which I warmly recommend, especially to those of you who are tired of trivial humor, trivial characters and plots. You may even discover a thing or two about yourself.


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Italian

Release Date:

11 February 2016 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Perfectos desconocidos See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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