The Kindness of Strangers (film)

The Kindness of Strangers is a 2019 internationally co-produced drama film, written and directed by Lone Scherfig. It stars Andrea Riseborough, Zoe Kazan, Tahar Rahim, Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones, and Jay Baruchel.

The Kindness of Strangers
The Kindness of Strangers poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLone Scherfig
Produced by
  • Marlene Blenkov
  • Sandra Cunningham
Written byLone Scherfig
Music byAndrew Lockington
CinematographySebastian Blenkov
Edited byCam McLauchlin
Distributed by
Release date
  • February 7, 2019 (2019-02-07) (Berlin)
  • December 6, 2019 (2019-12-06) (Canada)
  • February 14, 2020 (2020-02-14) (United States)
Running time
114 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Canada
Box office$79,913[2]

It had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 7, 2019. It was released in the United States on February 14, 2020, by Vertical Entertainment.


A few lonely souls miraculously find each other in New York.[3]



In February 2017, it was announced Lone Scherfig would direct the film, from a screenplay she wrote, with HanWay Films, Ingenious Media, Apollo Media, Creative Alliance, Strada Films, Telefilm Canada, Danish Film Institute, Nadcon, D'Artaganan and Entertainment One serving as producers.[4][5] In February 2018, Andrea Riseborough, Tahar Rahim and Zoe Kazan joined the cast of the film.[6] In March 2018, Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones and Jay Baruchel joined the cast of the film.[7] In September 2018, it was announced the title was The Kindness of Strangers.[8]


Principal photography began in March 2018, and took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, New York City, and Copenhagen, Denmark.[9]


It had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 7, 2019.[10] It was released in the United States on February 14, 2020, by Vertical Entertainment.[11]


According to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 18% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 4.40/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A talented onscreen ensemble is done no favors by The Kindness of Strangers, which searches for meaning and comes up empty."[12] Metacritic reports a score of 32 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[13]


  1. ^ "The Kindness of Strangers". Berlin International Film Festival. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Kindness of Strangers (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
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  4. ^ Pham, Annika (February 2, 2017). "Lone Scherfig's Secrets from the Russian Tea Room receives Funding". Norsidk Film. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Rossing Jessen, Jorn (February 4, 2018). "Goteborg: 'An Education's' Lone Scherfig on 'Their Finest,' the U.K. Film Industry, Entering Other Worlds". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  6. ^ White, Peter (February 16, 2018). "Lone Scherfig Drama; HBO Europe Hacker Drama; 'Strange But True' US Deal – Berlin Briefs". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (March 28, 2018). "Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones & Jay Baruchel Join Lone Scherfig Drama, Shoot Underway In Toronto". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Barraclough, Leo (September 6, 2018). "First Look at Lone Scherfig's 'The Kindness of Strangers' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Saalbach Holse, Liv (February 19, 2018). "INTERNATIONAL STELLAR CAST SIGN ON TO AWARDWINING DIRECTOR LONE SCHERFIG'S NEW FILM". Copenhagen Film Fund. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (December 6, 2018). "Berlin 2019: Lone Scherfig's 'The Kindness Of Strangers' To Open Festival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Billington, Alex (January 13, 2020). "Zoe Kazan Leads the Official US Trailer for 'The Kindness of Strangers'". Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  12. ^ "The Kindness of Strangers (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  13. ^ "The Kindness of Strangers Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 19, 2020.

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