Director: Paolo Genovese
Genre: Comedy Drama
Language: Italian with English subtitles
"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
The Empire, Wellington
Saturday 4 November - 8.15pm
Thursday 9 November - 12.00pm
Sunday 12 November - 12.00pm