"Let’s play a game then.
We’ll all put our phones on the table …"
Not just a box office hit but also a national phenomenon, Paolo Genovese’s latest dramedy has got the whole of Italy asking: How well do we really know those closest to us?
Fuelled by a fiendishly clever screenplay and an all-star cast, Perfect Strangers gathers a group of good friends around the dining table – three 30-something couples and a bachelor – where one suggests they make all SMSs and phone calls public across the course of the night. The reason: to prove they have nothing to hide.
What seems like an innocent experiment results in some eye-opening disclosures – even a swapping of phones in a desperate concealment attempt – that shows how performance dominates our public lives.
As Genovese says, “Smartphones have become a fundamental object, perhaps the only one that we always carry with us – our ‘black box’.” Never has the time been so ripe to offer such a cinematic take on a classic morality conundrum.
Best Film and Best Screenplay, David di Donatello Awards 2016
Silver Ribbon for Best Comedy and Special Silver Ribbon for Ensemble Cast, Nastro D’Argento Awards 2016
Best Screenplay, Tribeca Film Festival 2016