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All of Us Strangers

 

Year: 2023 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: Unknown 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Andrew Haigh 
Starring: Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Jamie Bell, Claire Foy  
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Review:

Adam (Scott) is a middle-aged screenwriter living in isolation in a near-empty apartment block in London. Trapped in his own mind, unable to put together a script, he is pulled from his trance one night when mysterious downstairs neighbour Harry (Mescal) shows up at his door. What he offers is intimacy, something Adam initially rejects for fear of vulnerability. But this moment lights a spark that will transform both men, and slowly but surely melt away the barriers Adam has built up inside himself. At the same time, memories of his parents, who left him an orphan 30 years prior, unexpectedly start resurfacing. Looking for inspiration and maybe yearning for his long-dead parents, he delves into this feeling of nostalgia and decides to take a trip to his suburban childhood home, where he revisits his tragically stunted past.

A subtly heartbreaking story exploring loneliness, self-acceptance, innocence lost, and the gut-wrenching possibilities of what could have been. Andrew Haigh blends his modest stripped-down style with Andrew Scott & Paul Mescal’s phenomenal performances and cinematography that is simply darling, giving us a devastating drama which I guarantee will stay with you for a long time.

Julian Brooke

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Screenings of this film:

2023/2024 Spring Term (digital)
2023/2024 Spring Term (digital)