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The Business of Strangers Review

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A career-obsessed woman and a young rebel are thrown together one night at a hotel. They embark on a series of power games, with the sexually ambiguous younger Paula raising the stakes at every turn.

★★★★★

Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles team up as a career-obsessed woman and a young rebel in this psychological drama. Thrown together one night at a hotel, they embark on a series of power games, with the sexually ambiguous Paula (Stiles) raising the stakes at every turn.

The limited locations give this a stage play feel - on the big screen it's effectively arthouse with Hollywood cast trimmings. The exploration of each woman's psyche takes precedence over plot, but there's enough sharp dialogue and chemistry between the leads to keep the tension.

Not so much a chick flick as a - sorry - women's film, it begins to explore notions of femininity and competitiveness, without reaching any clear conclusions. A modest but thoughtful niche feature.

A modest but thoughtful niche feature.

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