The Stranger in Our Bed is a thriller directed by Giles Alderson and stars Emily Berrington, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Samantha Bond.
A very British thriller that does not thrill much, if at all.
A woman leaves her husband for her lover who happens to disappear under mysterious circumstances. When she decides to return with her husband she starts to suspect that something is up, and goes about investigating the disappearance of her former flame.
This is a thriller that pretends and tries to create an ambiance of mystery, and despite its efforts and the good photography, does not quite make the mark as far as atmosphere is concerned.
The premise is not very convincing, and it is not particularly stylized as far as direction goes, which does not keep up a suitable tempo and stumbles in its storytelling using “tricks” of the genre that have always worked, to an extent that they seem overt and overused. With that said, we will admit that some scenes are well directed.
The photography is at times admissible, particularly with interiors where it recurs to chiaroscuro.
The problem with The Stranger in Our Bed is in its assemblage as a movie, which does not seem to work well and therefore appears structurally incoherent, for instance with the insertion of the flashbacks sequences, which if applied better might have given way to a better script and even better premise. But that would result in an entirely different movie altogether.
Just another run-of-the-mill thriller that does not stand out story nor filmmaking-wise. It aims for a classic feel, but leaves us unconvinced.
Official Movie Trailer
Emily Berrington / Charlotte
Ben Lloyd-Hughes / Tom
Samantha Bond / Isadora
Joseph Marcell / Stefan
Nina Wadia / Mrs. Tanner
Andi Osho / Paula
Bart Edwards / Ewan
Paul Casar / Troy
Terri Dwyer / Becki
Alexander Hanson / Peter
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The Strange in Our Bed (2022)
Movie title: The Strange in Our Bed
Movie description: A woman leaves her husband for her lover who happens to disappear under mysterious circumstances. When she decides to return with her husband she starts to suspect that something is up, and goes about investigating the disappearance of her former flame.
Date published: August 22, 2022
Country: United States
Duration: 90 mins
Author: Martin Cid
Director(s): Giles Alderson
Actor(s): Emily Berrington, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Samantha Bond, Joseph Marcell, Nina Wadia
Just another run-of-the-mill thriller that does not stand out either storywise nor filmmaking-wise. It aims for a classic filmic feel, but leaves us unconvinced.