Two boys —an attractive twentysomething and a shell-shocked teenager— are riding in a car somewhere in the U.S., seemingly on the lookout for a camping site where they can do a bit of hunting. But not everything is what it seems. What looks like two brothers enjoying a rural holiday at first gradually unveils a more obscure story. Surrounded by a web of lies and horrible events, the behaviour of the two characters take on a sinister turn.
Considered as one of the best movies of the year by the exceptional filmmaker John Waters, Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein’s debut feature skilfully addresses delicate matters. Showing an incredible mastery of tempo, Radcliff and Wolkstein maintain the tension palpable during the 82 minutes of running time. Hollywood sex-symbol with an explosive personality, Alex Pettyfer shows that he has the required talent to infuse the necessary authenticity, vulnerability and toughness into his very hermetic character. Filmed from the teenager’s point of view (played by James Freedson-Jackson), The Strange Ones requires the viewers to interpret silences and gazes, to enter the woods alongside the protagonists and to listen carefully for the firing shots of a hunting rifle.
2017: Special jury Award – Breakthrough performance – SXSW
2017: Prix du jury – Champs-Élysées Film Festival
2017: Maryland International Film Festival
2017: Sarasota Film Festival
Runtime: 82 min
Direction: Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein
Screenplay: Christopher Radcliff
Cinematography: Tim Suhrstedt
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson – Jackson, Emily Althaus, Gene Jones
Subtittles: Anna López
Contact: The Festival Agency