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Welcome the Stranger (2018)

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Alice arrives unannounced at her estranged brother Ethan's house in an attempt to reconcile, but bizarre visions, the return of his strange girlfriend and Alice's paranoia and suspicion ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Abbey Lee ... Alice
Caleb Landry Jones ... Ethan
Riley Keough ... Misty
Rosemary Howard ... Housekeeper
John Clofine ... Danny (Housekeeper's Son)
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Alice arrives unannounced at her estranged brother Ethan's house in an attempt to reconcile, but bizarre visions, the return of his strange girlfriend and Alice's paranoia and suspicion force the siblings to cling onto reality amidst mysterious circumstances.

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Rated R for sexuality including an intense sexual/violent image, nudity, and for language throughout | See all certifications »

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USA

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English

Release Date:

20 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hos Geldin Yabanci See more »

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Palenville, New York, USA

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Riley Keough and Abbey Lee previously appeared together in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) as Capable and the Dag, respectively. See more »

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Alice: I can't believe you didn't tell me you had a girlfriend.
Ethan: You won't say anything...
Alice: About what?
Ethan: About what's been happening.
Alice: What has been happening?
Ethan: ...things have been weird.
Alice: So you will admit it.
Ethan: Just... just don't tell her about it.
Alice: I can't believe you didn't tell me about her.
Ethan: I'm sorry.
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Captivating
20 March 2018 | by JithindurdenSee all my reviews

Abbey Lee is terrific and easily owns the whole film. At times it almost feels like a prequel to The Neon Demon because of her character even though this is not even close to being as violent or lit in neon lights. But this film is also an atmospheric psychological mystery thriller that often goes surreal along with hints of fantastical elements.

Alice comes to live with her brother in his mansion where he is trying to write his book and mysterious incidents start to happen and then Ethan's girlfriend comes to live with them.

The film manages to keep you on the edge of your seats even with its slow pace with its disturbing vibe making the viewers unsure of what to expect. Despite the fact that it never literally acknowledges it, the incestuous undertone (more like overtone) stays right in the centre of the narrative.

Who is the stranger? Who could be trusted? Whoever and whatever it is is it safe to welcome? The mystery is open to interpretation and they've given enough clues but enough space also for the viewers to reach their own conclusion or the lack of it.


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