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The Company of Strangers

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A bus breaks down in the wilderness. Eight elderly women, average age 71, are stranded at a deserted farmhouse. The have only their wits, their memories, and eventually some roasted frogs' legs, to sustain them. Through the long days and nights this remarkable group of strangers share their life stories and exchange intimate thoughts; turning the crisis into a magical time of humour and spirit. Featuring non-professional actors and spontaneous dialogue, this memorable film dissolves the barrier between fiction and reality, weaving a heartwarming tale of friendship and courage.

1990, 100 min 51 s

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First Prize
L'Hippocampe de plomb
March 12 1994 to March 17 1997, Biarritz - France

Best Direction Award
International Film Festival
April 19 to May 10 1992, Durban - South-Africa

Genie Award for Best Editing (David Wilson)
Genie Awards
November 26 1991, Toronto - Canada

Grand Prize - CICAE Award for Best Fiction Film
International Film Festival
September 5 to 15 1991, Figueira da Foz - Portugal

Alberta-Quebec Award for Film Innovation (Tied with Love-moi and The Colours of My Father, a portrait of Sam Borenstein) - with a cash prize of 1,250$
World Media Festival
June 2 to 8 1991, Banff - Canada

Public Award for Best Feature Film - with a cash prize of 20,000FF given by the City of Créteil
Festival international de films de Femmes
April 5 to 14 1991, Créteil - France

Special Jury Mention
Festival international de films de Femmes
April 5 to 14 1991, Créteil - France

Governors' Award for Best Film Reflecting Canadian Experience
Canadian Film Celebration
March 12 to 17 1991, Calgary - Canada

Special Mention given by the Interfilm Jury
International Film Festival
October 8 to 13 1990, Mannheim - Germany

City of Mannheim Grand Prize for a First Fiction Film - with a cash prize of 20,000DM
International Film Festival
October 8 to 13 1990, Mannheim - Germany

Honorable Mention for Best Picture
Festival of New Canadian Cinéma
October 4 to 7 1990, Indianapolis - USA

Federal Express Award for Most Popular Canadian Film
International Film Festival
September 28 to October 4 1990, Vancouver - Canada

Award of Excellence for Best Performance in a Leading Role to: Constance Garneau, Winnie Holden, Cissie Meddings, Mary Meigs, Catherine Roche, Michelle Sweeney, Beth Webber
Atlantic Film Festival
September 25 to 30 1990, Halifax - Canada