Stephen Poliakoff's Almost Strangers

Stephen Poliakoff's Almost Strangers

DVD - 2006
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When Daniel attends a family reunion with his parents, he discovers a world he hardly knew existed. Seduced by the allure of his new world, Daniel adopts the role of go-between for his glamorous Aunt Alice and his cousins Rebecca and Charles.
Publisher: [New York] : BBC Video, 2006.
ISBN: 9781419836718
1419836714
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 237 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.
Alternative Title: Almost strangers [dvd].

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firefly5
Sep 19, 2017

Too weird for me. I watched about 40 minutes of this and that is 40 minutes too much.

xaipe Jun 06, 2014

Almost Strangers is a companion movie (not a sequel) to Shooting The Past. Some of the cast actors from the latter are also in this movie, but playing completely different characters. The director, Stephen Poliakoff, uses his movies as a way of exploring and understanding the ambiguous and puzzling memories of his own childhood. In this movie, the connections between past and present are brought to light in a family reunion which is the centerpiece of the story. The main character, Daniel, played by Matthew Macfadyen, drifts through the huge reunion meeting relatives he never knew he had and others he had all but forgotten. The theme is the arbitrariness of familial relationships and the revelations of secrets uncovered which reveal new meanings and new questions which cannot ever be resolved. Some of the photographs which were included in Shooting The Past are also pivotal to the unfolding story. Several of the photographs show Daniel’s grandfather in an uncharacteristic and whimsical dance on the lawn of an estate and the other is of Daniel as a small boy dressed as a prince. Both these photos are a complete mystery to Daniel and their rather prosaic meanings are gradually revealed. The little actor who plays Daniel as a child also plays the little Prince in Poliakoff’’s movie The Lost Prince. This director uses the same actors in several of his movies much as Mike Leigh does in his. Maybe all this doesn’t sound terribly interesting, but the reoccurring theme of presenting revelation as contingent and part of a life-process and a discovery of new aspects of the characters’ experience of self is fascinating to me and obviously a central theme of Poliakoff’s movies . I really love them and their inter-relatedness but they are thoughtful, psychological, leisurely and are not for everyone. I hope this persuades you to sample at least one of them. My favorite is still Shooting The Past.

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Quietlake
Jun 01, 2008

Rich character development with several intertwined mysteries. The acting is top notch and the story telling technique used to tell the story of the three elderly sisters is magical. The main character is nicely portrayed as slightly naive but intelligent and good-hearted.

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phyllis49
Mar 13, 2012

When Daniel attends a family reunion with his parents, he discovers a world he hardly knew existed. Seduced by the allure of his new world, Daniel adopts the role of go-between for his glamorous Aunt Alice and his cousins Rebecca and Charles.

Michael Gambon, Lindsay Duncan, Matthew Macfadyen, Claire Skinner, Toby Stephens, Timothy Spall.

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Quietlake
Jun 01, 2008

A young man is introduced to his extended family through a weekend family reunion and uncovers curious and interesting surprises about several key family members, while simultaneously falling in love with his cousin. A montage of eccentric supporting roles is expertly involved to develop themes of regret and reconciliation.

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Quietlake
Jun 04, 2008

Quietlake thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Quietlake
Jun 04, 2008

Sexual Content: bare breasts on several occasions.

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