All of Us Strangers is a 2023 British romantic fantasy film written and directed by Andrew Haigh, and based on the 1987 novel Strangers by Taichi Yamada. Starring Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal, it follows a lonely screenwriter who develops an intimate relationship with his mysterious neighbor while revisiting memories from the past. The supporting cast also includes Jamie Bell and Claire Foy. It is the second feature adaptation of the novel, after the Japanese film The Discarnates (1988).

All of Us Strangers
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrew Haigh
Written byAndrew Haigh
Based onStrangers
by Taichi Yamada
Produced by
CinematographyJamie D. Ramsay
Edited byJonathan Alberts
Music byEmilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Distributed bySearchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • 31 August 2023 (2023-08-31) (Telluride)
  • 26 January 2024 (2024-01-26) (United Kingdom)
Running time
106 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$20.1 million[2][3]

All of Us Strangers premiered at the 50th Telluride Film Festival on 31 August 2023, and was released in the United Kingdom by Searchlight Pictures on 26 January 2024. It received critical acclaim, was named one of the top ten independent films of 2023 by the National Board of Review, and earned six BAFTA Award nominations.

Plot edit

Lonely television screenwriter Adam lives a secluded life in London. At his tower block, he meets his drunk neighbour Harry, who has noticed him in the building and wants to join him for the night. Reluctantly, Adam declines and sends Harry away.

Adam begins writing and decides to visit his childhood home, now unoccupied. He sees a vision of his parents, who both died in a car accident decades earlier when he was twelve. Adam has dinner with them and promises to visit again.

Returning to his flat, Adam encounters Harry by the lift. He reciprocates Harry's interest from earlier and the two begin a passionate relationship. Adam learns of Harry's own feelings of distance from his family, and the two slowly begin to build a life together.

Adam has several subsequent visions with his parents. During a talk with his mother, Adam reveals his sexual orientation and they discuss it. His mother accepts that Adam is gay, but reacts with concern and slight bitterness. On a later visit with his father, Adam discusses being hurt by his father's silence about the bullying Adam experienced as a child. The two tearfully reconcile and hug.

Later, as Adam and Harry's relationship flourishes, the two spend a lot of time clubbing and begin to do ketamine together. One night Adam wakes up after a blackout and discovers he is back at his parents' home, this time at Christmas. They hang lights on the Christmas tree together and celebrate happily as music plays. Unable to sleep, Adam gets in bed with his parents and tells his mother about being sent to stay with his grandmother after her death, which his mother laments. Adam then drifts back to his life with Harry.

Adam awakes on an Underground train and sees Harry in the next car. Harry is distant and does not approach him. Adam sees a vision of his younger self screaming in the reflection of the train car. Adam awakes in his bed, crying. Harry has brought him home after a club incident where Adam had a panic attack. Adam discusses the details of his parents' death. He reveals his father died instantly in the car accident, while his mother lingered for several days in the hospital. His grandmother kept Adam from seeing his mother due to her dire condition, which has forever haunted Adam.

Adam offers to take Harry on a trip to meet his parents. Harry is sceptical and somewhat alarmed at Adam's behaviour. They find the house empty. Concerned about Adam's mental condition, Harry urges them to leave. Adam's mother is then seen beyond the window peering at them through the glass. Adam pounds on the door until the glass breaks.

Upon waking the next morning with his parents, they explain that Harry went home. They tell Adam that in order for him to find happiness, he must let them go and move forward in his life with Harry. They take him to his favourite childhood restaurant, where they ask about the circumstances of their deaths. Adam tells them they both died instantly, which is a relief to his mother, although untrue. The three tearfully reaffirm their love for each other, after which both parents vanish.

Having accepted the loss of his parents, Adam goes home to see Harry. He enters Harry's flat and notices an awful stench, with drug residue on a table and squalor throughout the flat. Adam finds Harry dead in the bedroom, holding the same whiskey bottle he was drinking on the night they met. Harry has been dead all along, also a vision of Adam's imagination similar to his parents.

Outside the room, Harry's ghost is distraught and crying, as he did not want Adam to see him as a corpse. Adam assures Harry that everything will be all right, and takes Harry back to his flat. The two lie in bed together, tightly in each other's arms. When Harry asks Adam to play a record, he puts on "The Power of Love" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The two fade into a small beam of light among stars in the night sky as the screen turns to black.

Cast edit

Production edit

Graham Broadbent and Sarah Harvey of Blueprint Pictures first pitched the project to Yamada in June 2017. Later that year, Haigh and Film4 Productions came on board. Haigh described his adaptation of the novel as "a long and sometimes painful process". He said, "I wanted to pick away at my own past as Adam does in the film. I was interested in exploring the complexities of both familial and romantic love, but also the distinct experience of a specific generation of gay people growing up in the 80s. I wanted to move away from the traditional ghost story of the novel and find something more psychological, almost metaphysical."[4]

On 30 June 2022, the film, then known as Strangers, and the principal cast were announced.[5] The announced plot was brief and vaguely worded, and attracted inquiries on social media as to whether the film involved a romance between Scott and Mescal's characters.[6]

Filming was in progress in the United Kingdom when the announcement was made.[5] Haigh's childhood home served as the filming location for the house in which Adam finds his parents.[7][4] Nightclub sequences were shot on location at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.[4]

Release edit

The film premiered at the 50th Telluride Film Festival on 31 August 2023, and played at the 2023 New York Film Festival on 1 October 2023. It also made it to the main competition of the 68th Valladolid International Film Festival.[8] Cork International Film Festival chose the film as its International Gala film, acting as the Irish premier, on 19 November 2023. The screening was held at the Everyman Theatre to a packed house. The QCinema International Film Festival hosted three screenings of the film on 19, 20, and 24 November 2023.[9] It began a limited release in the United States on 22 December 2023 and was released in the United Kingdom on 26 January 2024.[10][11][12]

Reception edit

Box office edit

In its limited opening weekend, the film made $232,909 from four theaters, a per-venue average of $58,000.[13][14]

Critical response edit

Andrew Scott garnered widespread critical acclaim for his performance in the film.

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 97% of 258 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8.8/10. The website's consensus reads: "All of Us Strangers examines profound grief and love through a fantastical lens that is always grounded on human emotion."[15] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 90 out of 100, based on 53 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[16] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale.[13]

Filmmaker Edgar Wright praised the film, saying "I am in awe of what Andrew [Haigh] managed to do in this film. It's a true testament to his artistry that he was able to make a film so personal, emotional and resonant, yet also so satisfying within its place in a genre. Though a traditional ghost story might end on a note of sadness or shock, the fact that Andrew is able to leave us with a moment of infinite beauty is to be cherished."[17]

Accolades edit

The film won seven awards at the 2023 British Independent Film Awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay.[18]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Chicago International Film Festival 22 October 2023 Gold Q-Hugo All of Us Strangers Nominated [19]
Valladolid International Film Festival 28 October 2023 Golden Spike Nominated [20]
Rainbow Spike Won [21]
Montclair Film Festival 29 October 2023 Special Jury Award Andrew Haigh Won [22]
Camerimage 18 November 2023 Golden Frog Jamie D. Ramsay Nominated [23]
Gotham Independent Film Awards 27 November 2023 Best International Feature All of Us Strangers Nominated [24]
Best Screenplay Andrew Haigh Nominated
Outstanding Lead Performance Andrew Scott Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Performance Claire Foy Nominated
British Independent Film Awards 3 December 2023 Best Cinematography Jamie D. Ramsay Won [25]
Best Editing Jonathan Alberts Won
Best Music Supervision Connie Farr Won
Best Casting Kahleen Crawford Nominated
Best Make-Up & Hair Design Zoe Clare Brown Nominated
Best Production Design Sarah Finlay Nominated
Best Sound Joakim Sundström, Per Bostrom, and Stevie Haywood Nominated
Best British Independent Film Andrew Haigh, Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, and Sarah Harvey Won
Best Director Andrew Haigh Won
Best Lead Performance Andrew Scott Nominated
Best Supporting Performance Jamie Bell Nominated
Claire Foy Nominated
Paul Mescal Won
Best Screenplay Andrew Haigh Won
National Board of Review 6 December 2023 Top 10 Independent Films All of Us Strangers Won[a] [27]
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 10 December 2023 Best Leading Performance Andrew Scott Runner-up [28]
Best Screenplay Andrew Haigh Won
Best Editing Jonathan Alberts Runner-up
IndieWire Critics Poll 11 December 2023 Best Performance Andrew Scott 8th Place [29]
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 12 December 2023 Best Actor Nominated [30]
Toronto Film Critics Association 17 December 2023 Best Picture All of Us Strangers Runner-up[b] [31]
Outstanding Lead Performance Andrew Scott Runner-up[c]
Best Adapted Screenplay Andrew Haigh Runner-up[d]
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 21 December 2023 Best Actor Andrew Scott Nominated [32]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 3 January 2024 Best Actor Nominated [33]
Golden Globe Awards 7 January 2024 Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated [34]
Seattle Film Critics Society Awards 8 January 2024 Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated [35]
San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle Awards 9 January 2024 Best Actor Nominated [36]
Best Adapted Screenplay Andrew Haigh Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society 12 January 2024 Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated [37]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards 14 January 2024 Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated [38]
Houston Film Critics Society 22 January 2024 Best Actor Andrew Scott Nominated [39]
Kansas City Film Critics Circle 27 January 2024 Tom Poe Award for the Best LBGTQ Film All of Us Strangers Won [41]
London Film Critics' Circle 4 February 2024 Film of the Year Nominated [42]
Actor of the Year Andrew Scott Won
Supporting Actor of the Year Paul Mescal Nominated
Supporting Actress of the Year Claire Foy Nominated
Screenwriter of the Year Andrew Haigh Nominated
British/Irish Film of the Year All of Us Strangers Won
British/Irish Performer of the Year Andrew Scott Nominated
Paul Mescal (also for God’s Creatures, Foe, and Carmen) Won
Technical Achievement Award Kahleen Crawford Nominated
AACTA International Awards 10 February 2024 Best Lead Actor in Film Andrew Scott Nominated [43]
British Academy Film Awards 18 February 2024 Outstanding British Film Andrew Haigh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Sarah Harvey Nominated [44]
Best Director Andrew Haigh Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Claire Foy Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Paul Mescal Nominated
Best Casting Kahleen Crawford Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards 25 February 2024 Best Film Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Sarah Harvey Nominated [45]
Best Director Andrew Haigh Nominated
Best Lead Performance Andrew Scott Nominated
Dorian Awards 26 February 2024 Film of the Year Won [46]
LGBTQ Film of the Year Won
Director of the Year Andrew Haigh Nominated
Screenplay of the Year Andrew Haigh Nominated
LGBTQ Screenplay of the Year Andrew Haigh Won
Film Performance of the Year Andrew Scott Nominated
Supporting Film Performance of the Year Paul Mescal Nominated
Genre Film of the Year
"For excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror"
GALECA LGBTQIA+ Film Trailblazer Award
"For creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity"
Andrew Haigh Nominated
Andrew Scott Nominated
Satellite Awards 3 March 2024 Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Andrew Scott Nominated [47]
Best Screenplay, Adapted Andrew Haigh and Taichi Yamada Nominated
GLAAD Media Awards 14 March 2024 Outstanding Film – Wide Release All of Us Strangers Nominated [48]
Critics' Choice Super Awards 4 April 2024 Best Actor in a Horror Movie Andrew Scott Nominated [49]

Notes edit

  1. ^ This award does not have a single winner, but recognizes multiple films.
  2. ^ Shared with Killers of the Flower Moon.
  3. ^ Shared with Paul Giamatti for The Holdovers, Emma Stone for Poor Things, and Kôji Yakusho for Perfect Days.
  4. ^ Shared with Tony McNamara for Poor Things.

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