Synthesizes rigorous Rohmerian formalism with sharp, bone-dry comedy. Not a film that will work for everyone - the comedy is extremely low-key and the film's more languid proclivities may frustrate but it ultimately manages to be quite poignant in its ruminations on a generation attempting to find their way in a world beyond logic or comprehension. There is great attention to detail throughout this film, both rhythmically and from the perspective of characterizations. Moments of introspection amongst the chaotic milieu of modernity is perhaps the quickest way to distill this film's dramatics, and Friends and Strangers doesn't feel like a film going out of its way to be funny or quirky, it simply is providing a lens to the low-key absurdity of modern life. Distinct comedic sensibilities placate angst for ennui - a sly, affecting film that manages to efficiently wrestle with colonialism in a way which doesn't feel even marginally didactic, pedantic, or pompously assured. Far from perfect but also a film that makes me very curious to see what James Vaughan does next.
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