BERLIN (Reuters) – The ability of the weak to hold their own against the powerful loomed over the first day of the Berlinale, in which “The Kindness of Strangers”, an ostensibly apolitical film, explored themes of injustice and inequality amid great wealth.
Danish director Lone Scherfig’s film tells the story of a penniless mother (Zoe Kazan) fleeing with her children to New York to escape the clutches of her violent husband, a policeman who uses his connections to track her through her flight.
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Clara scavenges with great ingenuity to provide for her children amid the opulence of the metropolis, forging ties with strangers – a nurse, a drifter, a cook, a lawyer – with whose aid she turn the tables on a husband who held all the cards.
British actress Andrea Riseborough, who plays one of those strangers, on Thursday drew parallels with Donald Trump, another citizen of New York who is now U.S. President, saying that generosity gave the poor strength against the powerful.
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“The world is watching agog at this New York tycoon, with so much focus on how we created this monster,” she said. It helped instead to focus on those “who’ve been helping people for years and years, to focus on that infrastructure that’s already in place and to … celebrate it is really important at this time.”
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