The multi award-winning new comedy of manners from Paolo Genovese is a fiendishly clever take on decorum in the age of modern technology, and poses the question: how well do we really know those close to us?

Perfetti sconosciuti
Director: Paolo Genovese
Cast: Giuseppe Battiston, Anna Foglietta, Marco Giallini, Edoardo Leo, Valerio Mastandrea, Alba Rohrwacher, Kasia Smutniak
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Italy

MCoarse language and sexual references


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Perfect Strangers

“A gem. Perfect. Funny and well-acted, with a brilliant screenplay that invites the viewer to sit at that table like one of the guests. Not to be missed!”
Maurizio Acerbi, IL GIORNALE

“The smartest comedy of the year. Impeccable performances, rapid-fire razor sharp dialogue and plenty of home truths.”
Richard Leathem, THE LOWDOWN UNDER

“Not to be missed. A bittersweet comedy about secrets and lies in the age of smartphones that makes you laugh and think. It’s impossible to remain indifferent.”
Guiseppe Fantasia, THE HUFFINGTON POST

“Right on the zeitgeist of the bourgeoisie. A major talking point in Italy, remakes in other languages seem virtually assured.”
Justin Chang, VARIETY

WINNER – 2016 ITALIAN ACADEMY AWARDS – BEST FILM, BEST SCREENPLAY
WINNER – 2016 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL – BEST SCREENPLAY
OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT SELECTION – 2016 LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

The multi award-winning new comedy of manners from Paolo Genovese is a fiendishly clever take on decorum in the age of modern technology, and poses the question: how well do we really know those close to us?

The titular perfect strangers are actually seven long-time friends (three couples and one bachelor), all 40ish, who gather one night for a dinner party and agree that no private calls or messaging will disrupt their evening. Instead, in a communal fit of ‘we have nothing to hide’ bravado, they place their devices on the table, and all incoming calls and texts are shared with the group. (Letting a caller know they’re on speaker is considered a cheat). But what seems at first like an innocent and playful distraction between friends quickly turns into something more, as the messages start to reveal some eye-opening secrets and how little they may truly know about the partners and acquaintances opposite.

Fairly bristling with of-the-moment talking points about the wonders and complications of modern technology, PERFECT STRANGERS became a box office sensation in Italy. Thanks to its superb, rapid-fire dialogue and terrific ensemble cast, including Marco Giallini (God Willing) and Alba Rorhwacher (I Am Love), the film effortlessly transitions between incisive comedy and emotion, delivering a fresh and wildly entertaining spin on the many ways performance has come to define our public lives.

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“The Secrets of Perfect Strangers: Interview with Paolo Genovese” – i-Italy.

Perfect Strangers