The Business of Strangers Reviews
The good. Simple yet very elegant mood and settings. Solid editing. Interesting, realistic, and straight forward story. Nicely put together characters who evolve before our eyes.
The actors. In this production, we can see Julia Stiles starting to spread her wings and some of her potential. However, as much as I love her, Stockard Channing is the real star here. She portrays the power business woman, her struggle and her changes of mood, with incredible clarity.
The bad. The emptiness of ordinary lives usually filled with glitz and details by Hollywood can be slightly disorienting here. I think it's perfect, but not for everyone.
The ugly. Nothing.
The result. Very low key character driven film. Don't expect a dazzling display, turn on your brain, and you won't be disappointed.
Stockard Channing gives a great performance and Julia Stiles somehow manages not to embarass herself.
Stiles plays Stockard Channing's assistant. During an out of town meeting the assistant is fired,but when Channing is promoted, they meet up in the hotel bar and try to make amends. It turns mean is clearly meant to be a female version of "In the Company of Men."