Saturday, January 20, 2024

All of Us Strangers, with Andrew Scott


All of Us Strangers is a 2023 British romantic fantasy film written and directed by Andrew Haigh, loosely adapted from Taichi Yamada’s 1987 book Strangers, and starred by Andrew Scott.

Scott plays a screenwriter working on a script about his childhood. The film is gently poised in a metaphysical realm; when Adam (Scott) returns to his childhood home, he finds his parents (Claire Foy, Jamie Bell) as they were before they died many years earlier.

At the same time, the movie balances a budding romance with a neighbor (Paul Mescal), a relationship that unfolds with profound reverberations of family, intimacy and queer life. In a dreamy, longing ghost story, Scott is its aching, shimmering soul.

Scott described All of Us Strangers as personal, but not autobiographical in its depiction of the alienation that can linger after coming out. He said: “Mercifully, I feel very comfortable for the most part. But it stays with you, that pain, and it actually makes you more compassionate, I think." 

"Because we shot in Andrew Haigh’s childhood home, that sort of threw down the gauntlet in relation to how much of his own personality he was giving. I wanted it to be sort of unadorned, unarmored and raw. That’s why I think there’s such tenderness in the film,” he added.

The film won seven awards at the 2023 British Independent Film Awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Watch the trailer below:

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