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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