Stranger Things
Stranger Things

Film Title

Screening:

    Friday 07 October 21:00 
  • Saturday 08 October 10:00
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Runtime:

77 mins

Director: Eleanor Burke, Ron Eyal Country: UK/USA
Writer: Eleanor Burke, Ron Eyal Original Format: Eleanor Burke, Ron Eyal
Dir. of Photography: Eleanor Burke Print Source: Faces Films
Producer: Eleanor Burke, Ron Eyal
Cast: Bridget Collins, Adeel Akhtar, Keith Parry

Film Details

UK Premiere

In Competition: Best British Feature

Short Synopsis:

An unusual and touching bond develops when grieving Oona reaches out to a mysterious homeless man, offering him a place to stay in her shed.

Review:

Stranger Things Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal’s first feature film is a masterpiece of narrative, character and acting. Featuring Adeel Akhbar (Faisal in Chris Morris’ groundbreaking comedy Four Lions) and Bridget Collins (a considerably talented newcomer), Stranger Things examines the nature of human contact and relationship – and how extraordinarily capable we all are of compassion and kindness.

A grieving Oona (Collins) returns to her dead mother’s house to take care of her possessions and property. While there, however, she discovers a homeless man, Mani (Akhbar), squatting in one of the rooms. Making a hasty escape, Mani leaves behind his sketchbook – which reveals to Oona considerable artistic talent, a quality that seemed to surround her mother. Oona invites Mani to stay the night, and the two tentatively form a connection. Over the next few days they come to know each other a bit better, but Mani can’t seem to be able to leave his vagrant life behind him.

The relationship between Mani and Oona is as cautious as it is fulfilling: both are stuck in a rut and they find salvation within one another through kindness and understanding. The depth of human emotion expressed in the camera work and the prolonged close-ups of the actor’s faces is incredible, as is the underlying message behind this film: in a world where chance rules our lives and we can be described as ‘driftwood’, understanding can be the most powerful of tools to create the most surprising of circumstances. After all, stranger things can happen.

Orestes Kouzof

08 October 2011 I-Flicks Raindance Review: Stranger Things

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Practical Information

Screenings at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street
SW1Y 4LR
London
www.appollocinemas.com

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