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The Comfort of Strangers

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1990
  • Paul Schrader
  • 101 mins
  • 18

Summary

A couple retreat to Venice to work on their relationship, but an encounter with a stranger leads them into a world of intrigue - where their darkest desires are in reach.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

The novels of Ian McEwan have proved irresistible to film-makers, but few have transferred to the screen with any degree of success. Like The Cement Garden and The Innocent, this brooding drama lacks both the elegance and the bite of McEwan's prose. Paul Schrader is one of American cinema's most literate directors, but his over-deliberate approach means this cat-and-mouse tale drips with pretension rather than significance. Christopher Walken seems uncomfortable in a role that should have been tailor-made for him, while Helen Mirren is reduced to onlooker status as he lures tourists Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson into his trap.

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Credits

Cast

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RobertChristopher Walken
MaryNatasha Richardson
ColinRupert Everett
CarolineHelen Mirren
ConciergeManfredi Aliquo
WaiterDavid Ford
WaiterDaniel Franco
Hotel maidRossana Caghiari

Crew

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DirectorPaul Schrader

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Released on
1990-11-30
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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