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The Kindness of Strangers (2019)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 February 2020 (USA)
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The story of people whose lives intertwine during a dramatic winter in New York City.

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Lone Scherfig

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Lone Scherfig
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Kazan ... Clara
Esben Smed ... Richard
Jack Fulton ... Anthony
Finlay Wojtak-Hissong ... Jude
Andrea Riseborough ... Alice
Pat Thornton ... Older Man
David MacLean David MacLean ... Doctor
Gugun Deep Singh ... Singh
Caleb Landry Jones ... Jeff
Tahar Rahim ... Marc
Jay Baruchel ... John Peter
Bill Nighy ... Timofey
Nicolaj Kopernikus ... Sergei
Kola Krauze ... Alexander
David Dencik ... Lars
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Clara and her two sons escape from her abusive husband with little more than their car and plan to start over in New York. After the car towed away, the family meets Alice, who gets them into an emergency shelter. While stealing food at a Russian restaurant called 'Winter Palace', Clara meets Marc, who has been given the chance to help the old eatery regain its former glory. The 'Winter Palace' soon becomes a place of unexpected encounters between people who are all undergoing some sort of crisis and whom fate has now brought together. Written by AnonymusB

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The title of this movie is a quote from Tenessee Williams's play "A streetcar named desire". Blanche Dubois, the heroine of sorts of the play, says "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers" hinting at her past as a prostitute. The phrase was also taken up by British war correspondent Kate Adie as the title of her memoirs. See more »

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Underrated meditation on relationship, community and belonging
17 February 2020 | by Cten05See all my reviews

It appears that most reviewers sought an adrenaline-filled action thriller or jazzy melodrama. This is not one of that too-common coin. Rather, like most films in which the quietly brilliant Bill Nighy appears, this one is delicate, smooth, evocative, relevant to just about every human who is not trying to escape being human (or is working to escape the madness of modern society and return to being just human).

This film honorably expands the canon of interwoven lifelines each of which, like the Borromean rings, supports and enriches other already-solid stories. Like Crash, 360, Magnolia and Hereafter, all of the characters are entirely plausible, especially when they find themselves coping with unfamiliar and threatening circumstances. Most rise to opportunity for self-improvement; a few find a chute to the pit.

Like most truly mind-expanding (dare one say "spiritual"?) movies, this one faces the conscious viewer with a series of "I've been there too" and "what would I do?" and "who would help me?" moments. And for the generous of heart, two persistent questions: How have I been helped along by people with no reason to get involved but their own generous mindsets; and What opportunities to help others, and thereby myself and my world, are presenting themselves in this moment?

Quiet, compelling, and worth a slot in any ethics or social-psychology class.


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Opening Weekend USA:

$839, 8 December 2019

Gross USA:

$2,705

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,042
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