Contemporary World Cinema | 2015 | 96 minutes
Stranger Says: The couple from a rich Western European country (Nora Navas and Francesc Garrido, in terrific performances) arrive in a poor Eastern European country to choose the child they’ve been preparing to adopt. They look weary, but first thing, they joke and have sex; they’re happy. Gradually, they find themselves deeper in the country, facing corruption, deceit, and violence. They begin to unravel. This movie is a thriller, not just a drama. It’s about the lengths we’ll go to when we can’t bear our own children, and about how far is too far. No wonder it rings so emotionally true: Director Daniela Fejerman went through it herself a few years before making this fictional film. (JEN GRAVES)
SIFF Says:This poignant exploration of the emotionally fraught business of trans-national adoption follows a middle-aged Spanish couple on a journey to bring home an orphan from Lithuania, where the indifference and bureaucracy of the process puts a strain on their relationship.
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