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The Business of Strangers

R| 1 hr. 24 min.

Plot Summary
Julie Styron (Stockard Channing) thinks she is going to be fired, but instead discovers that she is being promoted. Trapped in an airport hotel, she wants to celebrate but finds only the company of her young assistant, Paula Murphy (Julia Stiles). As the night progresses, the two women get to know each other. They flirt, they drink, they lie; personal flaws are revealed and exposed. But at the end of the night their relationship turns and becomes a complex battle of power, authority, and wit.

Cast: Stockard Channing , Julia Stiles , Frederick Weller , Mary Testa , Jack Hallett , Marcus Giamatti , Buddy Fitzpatrick , Salem Ludwig

Director: Patrick Stettner

Genres: Drama

Distributor: IFC Films

The Business of Strangers (2001)

Release Date: December 7th, 2001|1 hr. 24 min.

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  • A maliciously funny and keenly observant movie -- director-writer Patrick Stettner makes a potent feature debut -- that serves its humor dark and without artificial sweeteners. show more

  • Stettner approaches this material with a playwright's incisiveness and structural sense. His dialogue is cutting, often surprising. show more

  • Mr. Stettner has a serious subject here -- how the hurts that women suffer at the hands of men can be internalized more deeply than the victims know -- and his film is graced with a stunning performance by Ms. Channing. show more

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