The Kindness of Strangers

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  • Official Trailer

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Young mother, Clara, heads to New York City with her two sons in order to escape her abusive cop husband. When her car is impounded, Clara and her family must face the realities of life on the street. Elsewhere in the city, lonely ex-con, Marc, is looking to rehabilitate his life running a Russian restaurant for eccentric proprietor, Timofey. At her lowest ebb, Clara finds through encounters with others that she's not alone; Alice, a kindly ER nurse and amateur therapist, and Jeff, a young man struggling to find somewhere to belong, prove to be Clara's unlikely guardians by providing refuge for her and the children at Timofey's restaurant. From unexpected coincidences and the kindness of strangers, the most surprising of outcomes can flourish. As the unlikely group come together and Clara and Marc begin to fall for one another, they all discover that liberation and hope lies in each other's hands.

Cast

  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Bill Nighy
  • Zoe Kazan
  • Jay Baruchel
  • Caleb Landry Jones
  • David Dencik
  • Will Bowes
  • Lisa Codrington
  • Tahar Rahim
  • Daniel Kash

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The title of this movie is a quote from Tenessee Williams's play "A streetcar named desire". Blanche Dubois, the heroine of sorts of the play, says "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers" hinting at her past as a prostitute. The phrase was also taken up by British war correspondent Kate Adie as the title of her memoirs.
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Metacritic

30
Feb 14, 2020

Despite its feel-good title, The Kindness of Strangers is a rather bleak movie, one so tied to the miseries of its characters that it’s difficult to see the point of it at all.

Metacritic review by Monica Castillo
Monica Castillo
TheWrap
50
Feb 14, 2019

It’s a big-hearted picture, certainly, but one that doggedly labours its message.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily
30
Feb 14, 2019

As a supposed snapshot of life in the unaccommodating big city, and of the humane gestures that can soften that harshness, it feels utterly synthetic, not to mention a romantically European view of New York that's sheer nonsense.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter