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Perfect Strangers


New Zealand 2003, 98 minutes
Dir. Gaylene Preston
Rating: [M]
Genres: Suspense/Crime, Drama / Black Comedy

Topics: Mental Health.


Aroview: Thriller of possessive love, set effectively on the rugged coastline of New Zealand’s West Coast, that changes tack mid-way into blackly comic territory that may leave some viewers feeling stranded.

Initiating a perfect premise, handsome stranger Sam Neill hooks forty-ish singleton Rachael Blake in a local bar, but “my place or yours” takes her on an unwitting retreat to his isolated bach on a coastal island.

The film dispenses with the psycho-clichés early on before turning the clichés of romantic-captivity on their post-feminist head, but the film is too busy having fun to eke out the finer points of sexual politics.

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: 2.35:1

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