Perfect Strangers (2016 film)

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Perfect Strangers (Italian: Perfetti sconosciuti)[2] is a 2016 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Paolo Genovese.[3][4] It was released in Italy on February 11, 2016.[4]

Perfect Strangers
Theatrical release poster
Perfetti sconosciuti
Directed byPaolo Genovese
Produced byMarco Belardi
Written by
Story byPaolo Genovese
Music byMaurizio Filardo
CinematographyFabrizio Lucci
Edited byConsuelo Catucci
Lotus Production
Distributed byMedusa Film
Release date
  • February 11, 2016 (2016-02-11)
Running time
97 minutes
Box office$31.47 million[1]

The film was a critical and commercial success, winning the David di Donatello in the Best Film Category and grossing more than €16 million in Italy. It has been remade in many countries including Spain (as Perfectos desconocidos), Mexico, South Korea (as Intimate Strangers), France, Hungary, Greece, China, Russia, Armenia, Germany, Poland, Vietnam, and Turkey.

On 15 July 2019, it was included in the Guinness World Records as it became the most remade film in cinema history, with a total of 18 versions of the film.[5]


On the evening of a total eclipse of the moon, seven close friends gather for a dinner party. Early in the meal, one of the friends, a relationship therapist named Eva, says that she is convinced that many couples would separate if they saw the messages on each other's phones. As the friends debate this contention, they agree - some of them reluctantly - to play a game. They will each place their phone on the table and they will share their messages and calls with the rest of the group.

At first the game seems harmless. No one has anything to hide.

But gradually the calls and messages become more compromising. They reveal that one married woman is having an affair; a man who has been pretending to have an absent girlfriend is not who he seems. As the calls continue, the network of lies and secrets becomes increasingly tangled. Almost no one at the table is spared. And by the end of the night, the group's friendships, marriages, and romances have all been shattered.[6]

Then comes what one reviewer calls ‘the miracle of the movie.’ As the guests leave the apartment, they behave as if nothing untoward has taken place. Each of their relationships is exactly as it was at the start of the evening. The game never happened. The whole film has been a 'what if' scenario - as though the lunar eclipse has transported us to a parallel reality. And we are left to ponder the question of which reality is preferable - the imaginary one in which the stark truth destroys the friends' lives, or the reality in which life goes on, cloaked in deceit.[7]



The film was number-one on its opening week in Italy, with US$3.7 million.[3]

On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 77% based on reviews from 13 critics.[8]


Year Award/Festival Category Recipients Result
2016 David di Donatello Best Film Paolo Genovese Won
Best Director Paolo Genovese Nominated
Best Script Paolo Genovese, Filippo Bologna, Paolo Costella, Paola Mammini, Rolando Ravello Won
Best Actress Anna Foglietta Nominated
Best Actor Marco Giallini Nominated
Best Actor Valerio Mastandrea Nominated
Best Original Song Perfetti sconosciuti by Bungaro, Cesare Chiodo and Fiorella Mannoia Nominated
Best Editing Consuelo Catucci Nominated
Best Sound Umberto Montesanti Nominated
2016 Bari International Film Festival Tonino Guerra Award for Best Scriptment Paolo Genovese Won
2016 Tribeca Film Festival Best Screenplay Paolo Genovese, Filippo Bologna, Paolo Costella, Paola Mammini, Rolando Ravello Won
2017 Vilnius International Film Festival Audience's Favourite Film[9] Paolo Genovese Won


As of December 2017, remakes were underway in Qatar and Sweden.[30] In February 2017, The Weinstein Company acquired the rights to an English-language remake.[31] In December 2019, Issa Rae was announced to write and star in the US remake. Rae will produce the film along with Spyglass Media Group, a subsidiary of Lantern Entertainment, which acquired the assets of The Weinstein Company after its bankruptcy.[32] In October 2018, an Arabic-language remake was announced to be developed by companies based in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Lebanon, respectively.[33]


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