All of Us Strangers

Director: Andrew Haigh
Writer: Andrew Haigh, Taichi Yamada
Main Cast: Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Jamie Bell, Claire Foy
Country: UK
Language: English
Runtime: 1h 45m

Have you ever experienced a film that resonates so deeply within you that finding the right words to convey its impact seems nearly impossible? That’s precisely the sentiment that this 2023 fantasy romance, “All of Us Strangers,” evokes in its audience. Adapted from the 1987 Japanese novel “Strangers” by Taichi Yamada, the film delves into the poignant journey of a screenwriter who revisits his childhood home to meet his parents, who died in a car crash when he was just 12 years old.

While he shares the details of his present life and his relationship with another man, seeking their approval, he is also trying to cope with a loss from which he never truly recovered.

From the outset, “All of Us Strangers” captivates with its seamless integration of cinematography, direction, writing, sound design, and stellar performances. Despite its non-linear narrative structure and hallucinatory visuals, the film effortlessly draws you in, speaking directly to the depths of your soul.

As the protagonist navigates the labyrinth of his memories and grapples with the lingering pain of his past, the film artfully peels back the layers of his psyche, offering profound insights into his emotional state and the dynamics of his current relationship.

Throughout its runtime, “All of Us Strangers” delivers a series of gut-wrenching moments and poignant reflections on love, loneliness, grief, and the enduring impact of loss. Each scene is imbued with a palpable sense of melancholy, evoking a range of emotions that linger long after the credits roll.

While the film offers insight into the intricacies of human connection, it convincingly portrays love as life’s ultimate goal. This sentiment is perfectly complemented by the ending song, ‘The Power of Love,’ by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Pankaj Madaan

A filmmaker and a screenwriter known for his comprehensive knowledge of world cinema and insightful commentary on the Hindi film industry.

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