Talking to Strangers (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Talking to Strangers (1988)




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Movie Info

An aspiring writer wanders through a city looking for inspiration. Over the course of a day, he has nine distinct encounters. Each encounter was filmed by first time director/cinematographer/screenwriter Rob Tregenza in one uninterrupted and unedited 10 minute take. He later spliced the episodes together at random, so the time frames are fluid and there is no sense of traditional narrative. Only the writer provides continuity. Each segment is given a title and has a unique setting. While the quality of the mini-stories is uneven, the most arresting thing about the film is Tregenza's inventive camera work; this is especially true in "The Soup Kitchen" scene.


Joanne Bauer
as Taxi Passenger
Caron Tate
as Ms. Taylor
Lois Evans
as Taxi Passenger
Sharri Valero
as Taxi Passenger
Bill Sanders
as Manager
Dennis Jordan
as Red Coat
Ken Gruz
as Jesse
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Critic Reviews for Talking to Strangers

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

A nearly perfect antidote to today's jazzy conception of montage, seemingly designed for short attention spans, is Rob Tregenza's stylistic tour de force titled Talking to Strangers.

October 2, 2017 | Full Review…

The result of these procedures isn't a puzzle, but it does engage the spectator in a kind of game. The overall project of Talking to Strangers is existential.

October 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Talking to Strangers makes no attempt to cozy up to its audience, to provide the comfort of conventional values or a guided, linear narrative form. It`s a confrontational film.

October 2, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The cinematic art of Talking to Strangers reminds me of that of Max Ophüls, whose lyrically vertiginous mastery of the track and the crane is also rhapsodic, also bittersweet-but profoundly, scathingly worldly.

October 2, 2017 | Full Review…

A somewhat satisfying but uneven provocative film.

July 30, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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