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Perfect Strangers
Perfect Strangers
Actors: Rachael Blake, Robyn Malcolm, Madeleine Sami, Jed Brophy, Joel Tobeck
Director: Gaylene Preston
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     2004     1hr 36min

When Melanie goes home from the pub with the best looking man in the room, she?s captivated by his charm and attentiveness. He sails her away to his ?castle? ? a rundown shack on a deserted island. But as his passion beco...  more »


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Actors: Rachael Blake, Robyn Malcolm, Madeleine Sami, Jed Brophy, Joel Tobeck
Director: Gaylene Preston
Creators: Alun Bollinger, Gaylene Preston, John Gilbert, Jay Cassells, Robin Laing
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/22/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The real Cast Away !
Tim C | Phoenix, AZ | 11/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't listen to those giving it a one *. Try to watch this movie on a big screen TV in a dark room with a decent sound system. I guarantee you will be lost for 2 hours. Visuals are just stunning! You won't see visuals like this in your typical run of the mill Hollywood flick. And don't worry about the plot, its complexity , or lack will be totally immersed in this movie. There are critics who think there have to be twists and turns in the plot, propane tanks exploding, cars jumping off bridges, and other things to make a movie watchable. Pay no attention to them. Just go and watch, you won't be disappointed."
"Your place or mine?"
Kona | Emerald City | 08/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Perfect Strangers blends suspense and fantasy to form a haunting thriller. Rachael Blake plays Melanie, a working class woman in rural New Zealand who has a night at the pub and then goes home with the wrong (!) man. Sam Neill plays the unnamed stranger who kidnaps Melanie and takes her to his remote island, where she must deal with the man's frightening dream world. The story changes direction midway when Melanie takes matters into her own hands and begins to have oddly passionate feelings for the man.

Written and directed by New Zealander Gaylene Preston, this film is bizarre and surreal, and yet surprisingly likeable. Blake is the star, giving a dynamite performance as a hard-bitten good-time girl who survives disaster to live in her own make-believe world. Neill's role is smaller, but he is, as always, completely mesmerizing in a kind of dual role of tormentor/lover. You'll find lots of surprises in this curious little psychological thriller."
Quirky to the max
old mom | 04/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this movie on Air New Zealand last summer and it still haunts me. Sometimes you are so tired on that flight you are not sure if you are dreaming or if it is the movie, but if I remember right, it has beautiful scenery and strange characters doing odd things. Love conquers all, right, even death in this case. A must see if you like odd little character films with a dash of thriller."