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Strange But True (2019)

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A woman surprises the family of her deceased boyfriend by telling them she's pregnant with his child.

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Rowan Athale

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Eric Garcia (screenplay by), John Searles (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Robinson ... Philip
Amy Ryan ... Charlene
Greg Kinnear ... Richard
Brian Cox ... Bill
Margaret Qualley ... Melissa
Connor Jessup ... Ronnie
Blythe Danner ... Gail
Janaya Stephens ... Pilla
Mena Massoud ... Chaz
Sarah Allen ... Holly
Allegra Fulton ... Chantrel
Dipal Patel ... Intern
Darryl Flatman Darryl Flatman ... Vaughn
Noah Denver ... Friend
Christy Bruce ... Nurse
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A woman who, five years after the tragic death of her boyfriend, arrives on the doorstep of his family to tell them she is pregnant with his child. Though skeptical, the family find themselves trying to prove her right, only to discover that the truth is much more terrifying than they could have imagined. Written by Front Row Filmed Entertainment

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Some things are impossible to conceive

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some violence, suggestive material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2019 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange But True See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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$343,038
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An enjoyable noir-thriller about grief, belief and the things we keep hidden
7 September 2019 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

This is newbie director Rowan Athale's second full length feature film (plus one short), and aside from a few technical errors and editing issues, he pretty much nailed it behind the camera and in directing his cast.

The film is an adaptation of the novel (I haven't read it) of the same name by John Searles, turned into a screenplay by novice writer Eric Garcia. The pacing started out decent, then slowed down midway, and felt dragged out towards the end, that the 96 min run-time felt longer. I wasn't a fan of the non-climatic stretch of cross-cutting time lines, and I felt the story would've been better told in the proper order.

Casting was excellent and all actors were convincing in their roles, especially Margaret Qualley, who was outstanding in her starring role.

The cinematography was on point, and the score perfect for this type of film.

For a low-budget B-grade film by unseasoned filmmakers, this was a surprisingly enjoyable noir-thriller about grief, belief and the things we keep hidden.

It's a recommended watch and a well deserved 8/10 from me.


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