Review Date: September 04, 2003
Director: Gaylene Preston
Writer: Gaylene Preston
Producers: Gaylene Preston, Robin Laing
Rachael Blake as Melanie
Sam Neill as the Man
Joel Tobeck as Bill
I also liked how it kept taking chances, playing with the audience's expectations, going one way, then another way...very cool. Of course, none of that would be interesting in the least if you weren't engaged by the story at its base, but the two lead characters are very well played here, and ultimately provide their respective characters with depth and a greater understanding behind their motives/actions. Lots of surprises, let me tell you. That being said, I too couldn't fully understand each of the moves made by the characters at certain points in the film, but the more I thought about it, the more it came together. Some may not be as fulfilled. Ultimately, the picture also sends out a message (other than the one about how girls shouldn't get plastered and go home with dudes whose names they don't know), which, I believe, speaks about truth, commitment and love. It doesn't shove its meaning down your throat or plop it on your lap, but the many circumstances in the film draw up a pretty decent picture of what it's all about (or better yet, what it all might mean to you) I also loved how it was shot (gorgeous island), appreciated the tunes spread about and was particularly impressed by its use of sound (especially during the film's opening credits-you got me!) If you're looking for thrills, probing questions, great acting, a meandering, but always engaging, plotline, as well as a unique vision that does everything it can to stray from the predictable, PERFECT STRANGERS is likely to jog your mind and fill your palette. How well does anyone really know anyone else and how much of what we do know is perception and/or our own extrapolated fantasies running amuck within their reality? Yeah, all that and a ball of wax.