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Between Strangers (2002)

Cast: Sophia Loren, Sophia Loren, Mira Sorvino, more...
Director: Edoardo Ponti, Edoardo Ponti
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Studio: First Look Pictures
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish
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Three women living in Toronto find themselves confronting emotional crises regarding the men in their lives in this drama. Olivia (Sophia Loren) is a woman who spends her days looking after her husband, John (Pete Postlethwaite), who is confined to a wheelchair. Olivia has long aspired to a career as an artist, but John, not emotionally generous, refuses to hear of her wasting her time on such things. However, Olivia does find encouragement from an unlikely source -- Max (Gérard Depardieu), an eccentric French gardener. Natalia (Mira Sorvino) is a news photographer who, while on assignment in Angola, took a memorable portrait of a crying child orphaned by war. Her father, Alexander (Klaus-Maria Brandauer), also a well-known photojournalist, is understandably proud of Natalia when her photo is used on the cover of a major news magazine, but she is haunted by the knowledge that while she made the child famous, she couldn't save its life. And Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) is a woman whose father, Alan (Malcolm McDowell), beat her mother to death when she was young. Catherine has never been able to resolve her hatred of her father, and when Alan is released from prison, she's willing to abandon her husband, her children, and her career as a musician to track him down and kill him, unable to accept the notion that he's a changed man. Between Strangers was directed by Edoardo Ponti, whose mother happens to be Sophia Loren; it marks the first time the two have worked together. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A thumb up by scervetti March 23, 2004 - 3:26 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Lost children is the common denominator for these 3 women. Not easy for a man director/WRITER to explore these womens' minds and feelings. Perhaps the best achieved is that of Olivia.."I lost a child"...(nothing worst for a mother)and Sofia is extraordinary in conveying the message. It is sad; that's how life is. But he also gives men a chance giving us hope. It is a mature film; why telling and explaining everything? It comes from a different civilization. I will definitely follow Edoardo Ponti's career. He is a very talented artist.

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