The Kindness of Strangers

A film by Lone Scherfig.In Eng­lish with Ger­man subtitles.

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Cla­ra arri­ves in win­try New York with her two sons on the back seat of her car. The jour­ney, which she has dis­gui­sed as an adven­ture for her children’s sake, is soon reve­a­led to be an escape from an abu­si­ve hus­band and father. He is a cop, and Cla­ra is desper­ate­ly try­ing to elu­de his attempts to pur­sue her. The three have litt­le more than their car, and when this is towed away, they are left pen­ni­less on the street. But the big cold city shows mer­cy: in their search for refu­ge, the fami­ly meets a sel­fless nur­se named Ali­ce who arran­ges beds for them at an emer­gen­cy shel­ter. While ste­aling food at a Rus­si­an restau­rant cal­led ‘Win­ter Palace’, Cla­ra meets an ex-con, Marc, who has been given the chan­ce to help the old eatery regain its for­mer glo­ry. The ‘Win­ter Palace’ soon beco­mes a place of unex­pec­ted encoun­ters bet­ween peop­le who are all under­go­ing some sort of cri­sis and whom fate has now brought tog­e­ther. With a keen eye for cha­rac­ter, Lone Scher­fig explo­res human beha­viour in extre­me con­di­ti­ons. She depicts the har­sh­ness of life in the urban jung­le, but she also demons­tra­tes what can grow when stran­gers approach each other in friendship and with an open heart.


DK/CA/SE/DE/FR 2019, 112 Min., engl. OmU
Regie, Buch: Lone Scher­fig
Kame­ra: Sebas­ti­an Blenkov
Schnitt: Cam McLauchlin
mit: Zoe Kazan, Andrea Rise­bo­rough, Tahar Rahim, Cal­eb Landry Jones, Jay Baru­chel, Bill Nighy


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