Between Strangers

Between Strangers is a 2002 film, written and directed by Edoardo Ponti, son of Sophia Loren, the first time they worked together.[1]

Between Strangers
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdoardo Ponti
Produced byGabriella Martinelli
Elda Ferri
Written byEdoardo Ponti
StarringKlaus Maria Brandauer
Gérard Depardieu
Sophia Loren
Malcolm McDowell
Pete Postlethwaite
Mira Sorvino
Deborah Kara Unger
Music byZbigniew Preisner
CinematographyGregory Middleton
Edited byRoberto Silvi
Distributed byOverseas FilmGroup
Release date
  • August 30, 2002 (2002-08-30) (Venice Film Festival)
  • September 13, 2002 (2002-09-13) (Italy)
  • October 4, 2002 (2002-10-04) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes



Three women in Toronto confront emotional crises regarding the men in their lives. Olivia (Sophia Loren) looks after her husband John (Pete Postlethwaite), a wheelchair user. Olivia has aspired to a career as an artist but John refused to hear of her wasting her time. Olivia finds encouragement from an unlikely source, Max (Gérard Depardieu), an eccentric French gardener.

Natalia (Mira Sorvino) is a news photographer who, on assignment in Angola, took a portrait of a crying child orphaned by war. Her father Alexander (Klaus Maria Brandauer), also a well-known photojournalist, is proud of Natalia when her photo appears on the cover of a news magazine but she is haunted by the fact that while she made the child famous, she couldn't save her life.

Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) has never been able to resolve her hatred of her father, Alan (Malcolm McDowell), who beat her mother to death when she was young. When Alan is released from prison, she's willing to abandon her husband, children and career as a musician to track him down and kill him, unable to accept that he's a changed man.[1]


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