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  • Actors: Raphael Barker, Adam David, Scott Cox
  • Directors: Scott Boswell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006VCVKI2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,107 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Rapael Barker [ he of the marvelous Shortbus] is in another gem . He plays Anthony who moves from a small town to san francisco . We see how the city gradually changes him and how he is drawn to those who wander the streets. Sexy, sad and although not that fast moving , kept me on the edge . Lovely movie , not at all sleezy .
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While this is not the worst gay film I have seen it is certainly up there with the top ten. The continual use of flash backs is distinctly overdone - a straight forward chronological narrative would have done just as well. The film portrays a distinctly sordid side of gay life in Sans Francisco and it is difficult to empathise with the main character Anthony, though the subsidiary character Gavin rings true.
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This tells the story of Anthony (Raphael Barker) who has met a guy in the shape of Stephen (Scott Cox) and has decided to upsticks from Virginia and travel to the gay Mecca that is San Francisco and live with his new boyfriend. Anthony is an `aspiring poet' and so therefore unemployed so is virtually dependent on Stephen. Whilst things go well at first Stephen has past issues that have caught up with him and he is a classic case of having to hurt the ones you love.

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.
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Lovely done. Loved both the scriptwriting as well as the acting. We were quite impressed by Adam David's acting. He looks both sad and sexy, strong and so vulnerable. The ease with which he seems to do so seems rather promising for what is still to come...
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San Francisco is the melting pot that ingests Anthony, Stephen and Gavin. Stephen (Scott Cox), in his mid-30s, is a fragmented surface on which a battle is waged between an urge to control and the will to be dominated. On a business trip to rural Virginia, he met Anthony (Raphael Barker), a sensitive writer in his mid-20s.

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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