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Between Strangers

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Sophia Loren and Pete Postlethwaite in a publicity still from Between Strangers.
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97 minutes – Drama
Language: English
Festival release date: August 30, 2002 (Venice Film Festival)
Release date: October 4, 2002 (Canada)
Canadian distributor: Equinox Films

Between Strangers is an Italian-Canadian co-production that interweaved the stories of three women who, though strangers to each other, try to grapple with curiously intertwined dreams, desires, and choices whose consequences haunt and structure their daily lives. Within richly textured layers, the film offers a meditative exploration of women’s lives whose contours are decidedly etched by each woman’s lingering relation to her father. Olivia (Sophia Loren) has been secretly sketching for years, but recently there is an urgency to her drawings that originates in a recurring and persistent dream. Olivia’s dream pulls her from her maternal relation to her crippled husband to the daughter her father forced her to give up when she fell pregnant as a young girl. Natalia (Mira Sorvino) has just commanded her first magazine cover as a photojournalist, but an aching to know what happened to the Angolian subject of her cover prevents Natalia from celebrating her notoriety. Natalia’s father, a celebrated photographer, is incapable of hanging Natalia’s mind when her conscience leads her on a new course. Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger), an accomplished cellist, consumed with lingering pain, has disappeared from her family and is wavering unsteadily as she attempts to exact revenge on the father she holds responsible for destroying her mother’s life. As each story unfolds the women find themselves transported by the vision of a young girl. At once an image of a bygone childhood and a pressing reminder of their lingering desires, the young girl acts as a catalyst inspiring each woman to act in a more liberated and light spirited relation to her newly configured desire.

Also see: A review of Between Strangers.
Poster and still courtesy of Equinox Films

Between Strangers, movie, poster,



Elda Ferri

Gabriella Martinelli

Executive Producer:

Wladyslaw Bartoszewics
Simone De Rita


Mario Cotone
Roberto Pace


Edoardo Ponti


Edoardo Ponti


Gregory Middleton


Roberto Silvi


Zbigniew Preisner

Production Designer:

Dan Yarhi

Art Director:

Dennis Davenport

Costume Designer:

Mario Davignon

Cast: Roles:

Sophia Loren
Mira Sorvino
Deborah Kara Unger
Pete Postlethwaite
Julian Richings
Klaus Maria Brandauer
Malcolm McDowell
Gérard Depardieu
Len Doncheff
Corey Sevier
Robert Joy
Dov Tiefenbach
Alex House
Shawn Lawrence
Noam Jenkins
Wendy Crewson
John Neville
Sydney Pearson
Andrew Tarbet
Ngozi Taymah Armatrading
Gerry Mendicino

Natalia Bauer
Alexander Bauer
Alan Baxter
Grocery Store Owner
Amanda Trent
Orson Stewart
Little Girl
Angolan War Child