Perfect Strangers

The Italian movie, Perfect Strangers tackles the place of smartphones in people’s lives. What behaviors do they enable? Are we slaves to them? Seven long-time friends in their 40s gather for dinner. There’s three married couples and a single man. During dinner they talk about how technology has infiltrated their lives and they decide to play a game. Whenever someone gets a text or call, they must share it with the group.

Secrets and lies come to the surface and a couple twists show the fragility of trust, respect and friendship. Perfect Strangers could easily be a play as most everything takes place in one room. The acting was compelling and the story, with its many surprises, was absorbing.

As much as I liked watching, I’m grateful that my friends aren’t like this.

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