Movie review: Perfect Strangers (2016) directed by Paolo Genovese

Movie info:

Seven long-time friends (three married couples and a divorcee) are having a dinner. They decide, as a playful game, to put each one’s mobile phone on the table and reveal every text message or phone call they would receive that evening, to prove that nobody has anything to hide. Hilarity and drama ensue together as everyone’s secrets are unveiled and the seven friends find themselves perfect strangers to each other.

My impressions:

Theatrical-play-like movies are sometimes a hit and sometimes a miss but I have to admit this one impressed me. It was an interesting story albeit a simple one. A shared meal among good friends, three couples and an ex school teacher after a divorce. A moon eclipse, always a good excuse for pranks and wine. It should have been boring and yet it wasn’t. 

I’ve heard the movie has been a hit in Italy and there are many remakes. I am not surprised. What is better than chatting and gossiping and discovering secrets of your friends and neighbours? Who wouldn’t be a little bit curious? Is my wife faithful? What do my friends say about me behind my back? Is this young, happy couple as happy as they seem on the outside?

Behind all that scandal, merriment and drama was hidden an important psychological question. Should we always tell the truth to our partners, spouses and parents? Is it sometimes better to keep some uncomfortable facts to ourselves? Are white lies a necessity of life? Or maybe any lie hurts everybody around us and we are also the victims of our mendacious ways? Plenty to think about, don’t you think?

Final verdict:

A funny, quiet, slow-paced movie which mentions some important issues. Completely recomendable when you are in a pensive mood or you want to trigger a discussion afterwards.

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6 Responses to Movie review: Perfect Strangers (2016) directed by Paolo Genovese

  1. Carole Rae says:

    I think I would like this! I love just people stories once in a while. 🙂

  2. blodeuedd says:

    Trigger a discussion…I might discuss it with Luci then

  3. heidenkind says:

    My text messages are all pretty boring. Lol Hopefully this is on Netflix

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