Lone Scherfig returned to Berlinale this year opening the 69th festival with her star-studded film The Kindness of Strangers. Scherfig’s drama circles a group of people whose lives become entangled through little moments of kindness and generosity. Clara (Zoe Kazan) catalyses the union of these compassionate souls as she escapes from her abusive husband in the middle of the night to New York City with her two sons. Desperate, she is instantly swallowed by the city, yet through a series of small acts from kind strangers she manages to stay afloat.
It’s a sweet picture that highlights the power of the individual to make life a little less hard. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
Mary-Catherine Harvey, The Upcoming
Those who long for Scherfig the auteur should look no further. (…) Enjoy the work of a filmmaker who knows the difference between quality and kitsch, and sometimes – damn it – likes to mix the two. Like sometimes even Bergman did.
Jan Lumholdt, Cineuropa.org