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Perfect Strangers

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.

Paolo Genovese
Giuseppe Battiston, Anna Foglietta, Marco Giallini, Edoardo Leo, Valerio Mastandrea, Alba Rohrwacher, Kasia Smutniak
Brilliant scripting and cast… effortlessly transitions from tender comedy to piercing drama.
Paolo Genovese

Born in Rome in 1966, Paolo Genovese earned a degree in Economics and Business before moving into advertising at McCann Erickson Italiana where he won many awards for his TV commercials. He entered the filmmaking arena in 2001 with the film Incantesimo Napoletano and has enjoyed great success largely with comedies such as Una famiglia perfetta (2012) and Tutta colpa di Freud (2013). 

  • WINNER Best Film and Best Screenplay, David di Donatello Awards 2016
    WINNER Silver Ribbon for Best Comedy and Special Silver Ribbon for Ensemble Cast, Nastro D’Argento Awards 2016
    WINNER Best Screenplay, Tribeca Film Festival 2016