ALL OF US STRANGERS – Review by Diane Carson

Seldom has a film so elegantly combined eerie mystery with awkward love merging into passionate embrace, plus an immersion into a childhood through reentering one’s parents’ lives. That’s the deft high wire act writer/director Andrew Haigh pulls off in All of Us Strangers. Based on Taichi Yamada’s 1957 novel Strangers, the film explores important relationships amidst perplexing memories.

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ALL OF US STRANGERS (Middleburg FF 2023) – Review by Leslie Combemale

Imagine a narrative that is the cinematic version of Brian Eno’s Ambient 1, and you might be able to grasp the emotional, atmospheric examination of grief that is All of Us Strangers. A dream cast featuring Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Jamie Bell and Claire Foy star in writer/director Andrew Haigh’s film is a living ghost story, based on the 1987 Japanese novel Strangers, by Taichi Yamada. Haunting and dreamlike, the cinematography, production design, performances and pacing all conspire to create a sort of out of body experience, even as it breaks your heart.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 21 – 30 : 45 YEARS

Opening Dec. 23, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is 45 Years, British writer/director Andrew Haigh’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 film Weekend. Like that film, this is also a drama about love and relationships told in an intensely personal way. Its protagonists are long-married couple Geoff (Tom Courtenay) and Kate (Charlotte Rampling) who find their relationship rocked by a revelation from the past on the eve of their 45th anniversary. Read on…

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