A Stranger Among Us (1992)

SIDNEY LUMET

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1992, , , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1992

Melanie Griffith plays a hard-edged cop who goes undercover in a Hasidic New York community to solve the murder and robbery of a local jeweler. While experiencing this very foreign culture, she ends up growing romantically attached to a young man of the neighbourhood () who is helping the investigation. It’s not too easy to buy Griffith as ‘hard-edged’, but she gives a solid performance that carries the film with great ease. Its ending isn’t too original, or unpredictable for that matter, but it would be easier to swallow if Lumet didn’t insist on trying to make such a high-minded and serious film.  As it stands, however, it’s thoroughly engrossing and you’ll find yourself getting into in spite of yourself.

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