• Publication date: March 1, 2010

A Life Changing Discovery 3 Generations Tied Together By 1 Secret

�Between Strangers� (2002) stars veteran actress Sophia Loren along with a multigenerational cast including names such as Pete Postlethwaite, Gerard Depardieu, and many more.

�Between Strangers� (2002) stars veteran actress Sophia Loren along with a multigenerational cast including names such as Pete Postlethwaite, Gerard Depardieu, and many more. The picture focuses on the seemingly unrelated lives of three Toronto women who, at some point, will discover an unknown connection.

Loren depicts Olivia, a senior living with a handicapped, wheelchair bound husband. During her teenage years she became pregnant, and was forced to give her child up for adoption � an incident that continues to haunt her well into adulthood. Before pregnancy Olivia was a promising artist, yet the trauma of forfeiting her child caused her to repress her love of drawing. Olivia�s husband, John (Postlethwaite) is not particularly supportive of his wife�s endeavor and advises her to forget both the pain and nostalgia of her youth. Nonetheless, the gray haired woman begins creating charcoal sketches as if she had never stopped in the first place.

In parallel viewers meet Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) a successful musician, mother, and unhappily married wife. Catherine�s father, Alan Baxter (Malcolm McDowell) has recently been released from prison after serving a 22-year sentence for the deadly beating of Catherine�s mother. In a strange attempt at revenge for her father�s crime, she divorces her husband and abandons her young daughter. However she may come to regret her decision when she discovers her father is not an evil man after all, despite his horrible past actions.

Last in our list of characters is Natalia Bauer (Mira Sorvino), the daughter of a famed photographer and an award-winning photojournalist in her own right. Recently Natalia snapped a breathtaking shot of a teary-eyed child in war-torn Angola. Yet, to take the picture she put the child�s life at risk and continues to be haunted by her decision, despite the resulting success.

While each tale can stand on its own feet they will inevitably merge, though not necessarily in a definite way. The conclusion to �Between Strangers� is not a sad or happy one, but mainly an awareness that a bright future is possibly ahead despite a dark past.

�Between Strangers� is rated R for language with a runtime of 95 minutes.