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“When Melanie goes home from the pub with a handsome stranger, she’s captivated by his charm and attentiveness.

“He sails her away to his ‘castle’ - a rundown shack on a deserted island. But when seduction becomes deception and passion becomes possession, Melanie realises that she has been kidnapped.

“Torn between fear and desire, Melanie must escape – but her ardent admirer has other plans.

“The story of PERFECT STRANGERS explores the fine line between love and pursuit, romance and danger, fear and obsession. How far do you fall when you fall in love?

Says writer/director Gaylene Preston, "The enduring mystery of the perfect stranger, that unknown and perfect person who will ‘arrive and take us away from all this', remains central to the mythology of romance. We are warned to steer clear of strangers, yet it is as strangers that we fall in love."

"The plot is unquestionably bizarre and aimed at exploiting the audience’s overwhelming need for a ‘happy ending'. Melanie’s emotional transition is the story’s central journey, and it is the small shifts in her psychological reality which to a large extent, drive the plot. The man is not a ‘baddie'. Melanie is not a ‘goodie’. Complex characters in life and in stories behave mysteriously until we get to understand them properly.” - New Zealand Film Commission;; 22/01/2014.

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Year 2003

Reference number F81936

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:38:00

Production company Gaylene Preston Productions, Huntaway Productions

Credits Director: Gaylene Preston
Producer: Gaylene Preston
Writer: Gaylene Preston
Producer: Robin Laing
Director of Photography: Alun Bollinger
Editor: John Gilbert
Cast: Sam Neill
Cast: Rachael Blake
Cast: Joel Tobeck
Cast: Robyn Malcolm
Cast: Madeleine Sami
Cast: Paul Glover
Funded By: New Zealand Film Commission

Related Link New Zealand Film Commission

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