The Stranger In Us [DVD]
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The pleasures and pitfalls of the nocturnal urban landscape serve as the backdrop for Scott Boswell s beautifully moody debut feature. Anthony (Raphael Barker, SHORTBUS), an eager small-town newcomer to San Francisco who is dealing with an abusive ex-lover strikes up an unlikely friendship with Gavin, a barely legal runaway and homeless street hustler, who has a turbulent history of his own. Anthony uses his writing to make sense of his situation and his longing for stability. Using a non-chronological style, this vérité-style drama explores youthful impulsivity and perilous street life with both clarity and compassion.
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His violent and possessive swings in mood mean that before too long it is impossible for Anthony to remain. The story is told in flash back and has a time line that appears at the bottom of the screen to ensure you are not missing the importance of exactly when things are happening. We see how Anthony has so much to learn from the big city and he befriends Gavin (Adam David) a seventeen year old run away and street wise hustler. They form a bond that is more caring than the one he has/had with Stephen. Along the way there is a host of characters that bring the story to life.
This is a slow paced film with a minimalist approach to film making. I can not remember any background music for instance. There is extensive use of the shaky camera approach which always lends itself to realism/docudrama. But it also goes some way to making a somewhat drab scene be filled with more animation. This, as a device, is used to great effect as part of this story is the crushing loneliness of being in a big city where the one person you thought you knew and could trust, turns out to be a controlling egomaniacal bully (that is not a plot spoiler by the way). There are some very awkward scenes and the need for true friendship is at the core of the tale.Read more ›
Anthony's romantic idealism drew him to follow Stephen back to San Francisco. His passivity simultaneously attracts and repels the unstable Stephen, creating turbulent and aggressive relations between the two. When this coupling inevitably combusts, Anthony's fragility turns to apathy - although in a foray of aimless night-time encounters, his paths cross with those of Gavin (Adam Perez), an enigmatic 17-year-old hustler.
THE STRANGER IN US unfolds without linear narrative: various scenes interject themselves without any chronological foundation, almost as if they were being reconstructed by the vagaries of our memory. Consequently, there are moments of anguish juxtaposed with humour, sensuality bearing wounds, naïve bliss and bruised pleasures. The strong cast and fresh dialogue work together to forge a unusual collective yet solitary intimacy.
Writer/director Scott Boswell - in this, his impressive début feature film - confidently creates an intriguing assemblage of churning sensibilities. Not for those who seek their reflection in a fairy-tale, the aptly-titled THE STRANGER IN US is otherwise a quietly thoughtful collision of ambiguous passions and irreconcilable identifications.
Extensive DVD extras include a behind-the-scenes feature, an alternative ending, deleted scenes and Scott Boswell's short film, "One Fine Morning".
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This is not your ordinary Mills & Boons love story! An intense look at abusive relationships and how they work. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2014 by Petrus
So bloody depressing. don't watch it while getting drunk, you will want to die afterwards.
i wanted to give it one star, but i thought it fair to give the actors who play... Read more
This story is close to my heart and I was looking forward to seeing the dvd. I have to say it was disappointing - slow, disjointed and difficult to follow; I nearly gave up before... Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2012 by D. Morris