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Almost Strangers
     

Almost Strangers

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Director: Stephen Poliakoff

Cast: Michael Gambon, Lindsay Duncan, Matthew MacFadyen

 

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2006
UPC:
0794051264923
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
3:57:00
Sales rank:
89,790

Special Features

Commentary by Stephen Poliakoff, producer John Chapman and composer Adrian Johnston; Interviews with Stephen Poliakoff and cast; Photo montage

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Almost Strangers
1. Chapter 1 [10:26]
2. Chapter 2 [6:05]
3. Chapter 3 [4:28]
4. Chapter 4 [7:13]
5. Chapter 5 [12:01]
6. Chapter 6 [10:23]
7. Chapter 7 [6:57]
8. Chapter 8 [4:35]
9. Chapter 9 [11:01]
10. Chapter 10 [17:46]
1. Chapter 1 [10:18]
2. Chapter 2 [18:52]
3. Chapter 3 [13:21]
4. Chapter 4 [10:02]
5. Chapter 5 [8:06]
Disc #2 -- Almost Strangers
1. Chapter 1 [7:50]
2. Chapter 2 [2:32]
3. Chapter 3 [17:53]
4. Chapter 4 [4:12]
5. Chapter 5 [3:28]
6. Chapter 6 [5:05]
7. Chapter 7 [10:51]
8. Chapter 8 [16:24]
9. Chapter 9 [9:39]
10. Chapter 10 [8:31]

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Almost Strangers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pasted the below review, because it says a lot quite well--I happened across this movie at the library, and I highly recommend it---it is ultimately positive, and speaks much to the mystery of life, families, and memories, in a realistic but engagingly mysterious way. If you like this director, and, for example, 'Shooting The Past' (which I haven't seen but have only read the review of here on B & N), or, even if not, I highly recommend this DVD - I just sent it as a gift to my brother, and may well buy it for myself to own. This three-part BBC television miniseries centers on the large weekend reunion of a prosperous Anglo-Jewish family at a luxurious West End hotel. Various family members discover one another and uncover family stories and secrets that reorient them in their lives. Writer-Director Stephen Poliakoff does not adhere to a conventional story structure, and this wandering tale is full of unexpected and rewarding narrative dips and turns. Two family clusters are followed most closely in the story, although we are given glimpses, through flashback, of other compelling characters’ intricate wartime histories. One branch of the family is made up of Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen) and his parents, Raymond and Esther Symon (Michael Gambon and Jill Baker) who have grown distant from the larger family circle following a well-intentioned but failed business venture that cost Raymond his share of the family wealth. Daniel, intrigued by his glamorous relatives, is drawn more and more deeply into a relationship with his seductive and mysterious cousin Rebecca (Claire Skinner) and her dashing brother Charles (Toby Stephens). In the course of the weekend, crusty but endearing Raymond suffers a minor stroke, and we learn of the recent death of Rebecca and Charles’ eldest brother following his descent into mental illness. The most meaningful connections, however, belong to the past, and are brought to light in stages, effectively engaging our curiosity. The stories behind two captivating photographs, one of Raymond’s father dancing fancifully and uncharacteristically on a lawn, and one of Daniel at age three, unaccountably dressed as an Italian Prince, are eventually uncovered to reveal a secret history that holds quite different meanings for Daniel and his father. The idea for Almost Strangers came to Poliakoff when he attended his own family reunion in 1996. Through his characters he ruminates on the nature of family, on genetic inheritance, the random resurfacing of traits, as well as the arbitrariness of blood relationships. Most compellingly, he engages the role of story and of secrets in the family, and their expanding repercussions. As revelations occur, as stories are unearthed, we watch characters draw new meanings and discover new aspects of themselves through encounters with their own unknown pasts. Unlike many such tales of secrets revealed, however, Poliakoff presents revelation as contingent, part of a life-process, by no means offering resolution, closure or identity-conclusions
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