The UK release of the critically acclaimed film “All of Us Strangers” has brought a wave of emotional responses, following its impactful debut in the US and various film festivals. The movie, which has already bagged seven awards at the British Independent Film awards and is nominated for six Baftas, offers a poignant exploration of love, grief, and loneliness.
Andrew Haigh, the writer-director of “All of Us Strangers,” crafted a film that evolves into a dreamlike experience, while maintaining a logical plot. This has opened the door for varied interpretations of the movie’s profound themes and narrative structure.
The film’s narrative revolves around the character Adam, portrayed by Andrew Scott, and his relationship with Harry, played by Paul Mescal. A pivotal moment occurs when Adam discovers the deceased body of Harry, suggesting a tragic end due to substance abuse. This revelation hints that Adam’s romantic involvement was with a ghost, adding a surreal layer to their relationship.
The movie delves into complex emotional territories, particularly through its portrayal of Adam’s journey in accepting his sexuality and confronting his fears. Haigh subtly touches on the specter of AIDS, which haunts Adam and influences his relationships. This aspect of the film is highlighted during Adam’s cathartic moments, including a pivotal scene set in a club, backed by Blur’s “Death of a Party.”
“All of Us Strangers” also features a significant scene in a diner, symbolizing Adam’s isolation in a world seemingly devoid of others. This scene, which involves a conversation with the ghosts of his parents, underlines themes of reconciliation and acceptance of the past.
The film culminates with a powerful and visually striking final scene where Adam and Harry are shown together in a celestial setting. This ending suggests a transcendence of love beyond the realms of life and death, emphasizing the film’s central message about the enduring power of human connection.
Haigh’s “All of Us Strangers” is not just a film; it’s an emotional journey that challenges viewers to confront their own perceptions of love, loss, and the human experience.