The Business Of Strangers (2001)

PATRICK STETTNER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 2001.  Headquarters, i5 Films.  Screenplay by Patrick Stettner.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

This excellent film is the cinematic equivalent of Madonna’s hit song “What It Feels Like For A Girl”. Tough-as-nails software executive Stockard Channing has just fired her new assistant () after the young woman arrived too late at an important sales pitch. Realizing she was too harsh, she decides to make up when the two women end up stuck at a hotel bar between delayed flights and get to know each other. When Channing’s employment headhunter () shows up to join them for a drink, the two work up a revenge plan on him that will allow them to air out all the frustrations that come with being a woman in the corporate world. It’s not a male-bashing fantasy, nor is it as exploitative as it sounds, but is a fascinating, thought-provoking and brilliantly acted character study.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2001

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