The Business of Strangers (2001)
Critic Consensus: The Business of Strangers showcases a complex, compelling performance by Channing. Her interactions and clashes with Stiles make for riveting viewing.
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as Julie Styron
as Paula Murphy
as Nick Harris
as Mr. Fostwick
as Man At Pool
as Airport Announcer
Critic Reviews for The Business of Strangers
Stettner's vision of both women lacks fullness, relying on stereotypes of feminine strength and vulnerability.
May be a hermetically sealed experience, but it is also a brilliantly integrated one.
The core pleasure of the film is the complex and precise performance by the underrated talent Channing.
This is an impressive debut for Stettner and an even more impressive showcase for Channing and Stiles.
Leaves you with plenty to think about regarding the demands society places on working women, and the scorn they face when they choose career over family.
It has almost nothing to do with women; it's about men's fantasies of women.
Audience Reviews for The Business of Strangers
Slight, but interesting. Julia Stiles plays troubled very well!
Business of Strangers is yet another smart, if not strange, indie drama from IFC. The dynamic between the two lead actresses, Julia Stiles and Stockard Channing, is engrossing, and helps make the film a powerful and effective character study. The script is strong, and features a number of very interesting dialogue exchanges. I would have liked the running time to be a bit longer, and perhaps give so more insight into Julia Stiles' character. As such, the ending didn't quite work for me. The motivations and supposed apparent vulnerabilities she had earlier in the film seem undermined by an ending that suggests a much different, probably sociopathic, person. So in that respect, the film can be thought of as a bit uneven. Still, predominately effective and always interesting. 3.5/5 stars
Ohhh... like it... kinda creepy.
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