Talking to Strangers (1988)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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An aspiring writer wanders through a city looking for inspiration. Over the course of a day, he has nine distinct encounters. Each encounter was filmed by first time director/cinematographer/screenwriter Rob Tregenza in one uninterrupted and unedited 10 minute take. He later spliced the episodes together at random, so the time frames are fluid and there is no sense of traditional narrative. Only the writer provides continuity. Each segment is given a title and has a unique setting. While the quality of the mini-stories is uneven, the most arresting thing about the film is Tregenza's inventive camera work; this is especially true in "The Soup Kitchen" scene.

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abortion, America, anger, artist, attack, bank, bus, bus-driver, car, Catholicism, church, college, confession [criminal], conversation, customer, daughter, driver, faith, gangster, homelessness, loan, Mennonite, mistake, painting, passenger, philosophy, photography, priest, purity, questioning [police interrogation], rape, school, stranger, street, stripper, student, suicide, taxi, thug, visit, waiter, weapons, writing, busing [school integration], camera, cinema, dare, director, employment, final-exams, man, meeting, moving, power, techniques, woman, youth