“We’re all breakable. Some more than others.”
Original Title: Perfetti Sconosciuti
Director: Paolo Genovese
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Description from IMDb: Seven long-time friends get together for a dinner. When they decide to share with each other the content of every text message, email and phone call they receive, many secrets start to unveil and the equilibrium trembles.
A comedy movie with a dark tone and a whole lot of drama. I just finished watching this movie(It’s 8:00 P.M., 28th February 2018) and I enjoyed every minute of it, the screenplay was so good that at times I forgot looking at the subtitles because I was so engrossed in watching the characters. I liked how there were just a few characters, seven to be precise(I like movies and books with fewer characters) and they played their part very well.
Marquez said “All human beings have three lives-public, private and secret.” and I think he was right, we all live three lives, we are a different person when we are with our friends, a different person when we are with our family and a different person when we are alone.
One lingering theme in the movie is how people decide to really hide a part of themselves from others no matter how close they are to each other. People do this for several reasons, they are ashamed of it, they feel guilty about it or maybe they made a mistake and have no idea how to confront it. And people may think that they want to know everything about someone they are close to but the reality is that they don’t want that, people are afraid that they may get to know something or some reality that they won’t be able to live with. Likewise, many people live in loveless marriages or relationships, they know deep down that something is wrong but they don’t even try to confront it, they live a secret life discreetly along with their relationship but completely avoid to fix the relationship they do have. One can do two things in this situation either fix it or leave it; however, most people don’t do any of it. And I don’t think they live a happy life either with all this hiding and guilt that builds up over time.
Here in this movie we have 7 friends, including 3 couples and one single guy and a game that can turn either way, it can lead to some excitement or it can crash everything down. This movie shows how these lifelong friends, who think they know each other, might actually be Perfect Strangers.
The setting of the movie is very simple and confined. The whole thing happens in just one place, but it does carry out the message very well. The movie concentrates more on the message that it is trying to convey, the emotions, the psychology of people and their responses and actions to the information, but that doesn’t mean that it is not beautifully shot, it is and it totally complements with the theme of the movie.
If I talk about the actors then I must say that they really did a good job and their conversations flowed naturally and this movie is all about conversations and talking it out. There are not many other elements in this movie to look out for, so, it was completely dependent on the acting and the script, which turned out to be really really good.
When I say, conversations flow naturally in this movie is because, the conversations between these characters revolves around all kind of topics, from sexuality, kids, accepting oneself and marriage etc… and as it happens in real life that these conversations can lead anywhere, and same thing happens in this movie and this also creates a very tense situation through out the movie because you never know when this can turn into an argument or a conflict.
I haven’t watched any movie by this director before, so he is completely new to me. However, I liked what he did here in this movie and one good thing is that he let things flow naturally and gave these actors a freedom to improvise as things developed which gave this a movie a realistic touch.
This is kind of a movie where you can easily connect. I really didn’t take it as a comedy movie, for me it was more of a drama, I don’t know, maybe I’m either too critical of things or the humor was lost in the translation, it can be one of the two things. Or I can say, that yes it is a comedy but it carries the sad reality and that makes it less of a comedy for me. However, I don’t really care about the genre, the best thing about this movie is that you can relate to it very easily and somewhere deep down you know that it can happen and the director did a good job in the way he shot the film to make it even more convincing.
I had a really great time with these characters.
And now a song for you, Perfetti Sconosciuti by Fiorella Mannoia, have a good time.