The Perfect Stranger (El Perfecto Desconocido) (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Perfect Stranger (El Perfecto Desconocido) (2011)

The Perfect Stranger (El Perfecto Desconocido) (2011)

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The apathetic residents of a secluded Spanish village welcome a foreigner they believe is planning to open a local shop, but slowly learn that they have misinterpreted his true intentions in this gentle comedy drama staring Colm Meaney. Mark O'Reilly (Meaney) shows up in a small Majorca village unable to speak a word of Spanish, and hoping to go unnoticed. Meanwhile, as the locals do their best to lend Mark a helping hand, the quiet newcomer focuses his attentions on an old Polaroid that holds a key to his tragic past.

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Colm Meaney
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I quite liked this movie. It's certainly quieter and more relaxing than most films of this ilk, but that doesn't make it any less good. The film doesn't focus on the cultural differences between Marco and the people of the village he's visiting. The thing it does focus on is the fact that Marco, who's named this way because Biel misunderstands his name, cannot understand spanish and yet he still connects with some of the people in the village and becomes close with two of them, who really needed him at that particular point in their lives. I thought that was good and it was well-done, in some cases you can connect with a person even if you don't speak the same language. I also found Marco's reasons for returning to the village to be quite intriguing and, when it's revealed at the end, ultimately bittersweet. I did find that the third act to be a little too dramatic for my tastes, and it did away with the low-key tone the film had mantained until that point. I thought it was still good, but I liked the other 2 acts of the film much more. This is still a good movie however, it's thoughtful and smart with some very sweet moments. It's got a great cast too, so that doesn't hurt either.

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