AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL
Music - Dance - Theatre - Visual Arts - Film
This season of An Appalachian Summer Festival 2020 will be presented online. Click here for the complete schedule and details. >
Pre-film talk with Dr. John Pfeifer begins at 7pm, with the film beginning at approximately 7:30pm.
In Spanish with English subtitles
Perfect Strangers is a worldwide cinematic and cultural phenomenon that explores the role of technology and its impact on personal relationships. All in all, the script for Perfect Strangers has been remade nine times since the original 2016 Italian film including versions from Greece, Spain, Turkey, Israel, and now Mexico. Tapping into our cell phone-obsessed zeitgeist, seven long-time friends meet for an intimate dinner party during a lunar eclipse. When the hostess suggests a party game in which the attendees place their cellphones in the center of the dining room table and agree to make all calls and texts public, secrets and lies abound, forcing the participants to question how much they really know about each other.
“. . . a wild and entertaining ride into the darker side of technology and the ominous ways in which we are letting our cell phones not only control us, but to also define us.” -Reel reviews
“Perfect Strangers is a deliciously dark comedy from Mexico. . . Caro approaches the material almost like a thriller . . .The camera seems to be in constant motion; a smart move that prevents the action from feeling stage-bound. The Rodrigo Dávila score pulsates, adding tension and a mysterious sense of urgency to the proceedings.” -USA Today
Directed by Manolo Caro
Starring: Cecilia Suarez, Bruno Bichir, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Mariana Trevino
Mexico; Rated R; Directed by Manolo Caro (2018); 97 minutes