Between Strangers

2006-03-30 12:16

The film offers a meditative exploration of women's lives whose contours are decidedly etched by each woman's lingering relation to her father.

Olivia (Sophia Loren) has been secretly sketching for years, but recently there is an urgency to her drawings that originates in a recurring and persistent dream. Olivia's dream pulls her from her maternal relation to her crippled husband to the daughter her father forced her to give up when she fell pregnant as a young girl.

Natalia (Mira Sorvino) has just commanded her first magazine cover as a photojournalist, but an aching to know what happened to the Angolian subject of her cover prevents Natalia from celebrating her notoriety. Natalia's father, a celebrated photographer, is incapable of changing Natalia's mind when her conscience leads her on a new course.

Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger), an accomplished cellist, consumed with lingering pain, has disappeared from her family and is wavering unsteadily as she attempts to exact revenge on the father she holds responsible for destroying her mother's life.

As each story unfolds the women find themselves transported by the vision of a young girl. At once an image of a bygone childhood and a pressing reminder of their lingering desires, the young girl acts as a catalyst inspiring each woman to act on their desires and thus find happiness, however brief.

What the critics are saying:

"The direction is solid and the acting is universally good but rather one-note."
- Christopher Null,

"It is fabulously badly made, with rare weak performances from otherwise excellent actors ... and idiotic dialogue and events."
- Liz Braun, Jam! Movies

" (a) slick little perfumed soap opera."
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Between Strangers interweaves the stories of three women who, though strangers to each other, are grappling with curiously intertwined dreams, desires, and choices whose consequences haunt their daily lives.

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