STRANGERS IN GOOD COMPANY
Release Date: December 01, 1991
Starring: Alice Diabo, Constance
Garneau, Winifred Holiday,
Mary Meigs, Catherine Roche, &
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Distributor: Castle Hill Pictures/First Run
Director: Cynthia Scott
Producer: Sally Bochner & David Wilson
Writer: Gloria Demers
Address Comments To:Castle Hill Pictures
First Run Features
153 Waverly Place
New York 10014
What starts out as potentially mysterious and intriguing unfolds into a gloomy portrait of senior citizens. The women's group is a smorgasbord of diverse interests and backgrounds, but they simply aren't that interesting.
Livening things up is Catherine, a plain-clothes nun who cheerfully attempts to repair the bus. While the others sit around feeling sorry for themselves, Catherine looks over the owner's manual and tinkers, while humming J.S. Bach's "Jezu, Joy of Man."
Later, Catherine rubs castor oil upon her blistered, arthritic feet and treks several miles into town. In doing this, Catherine puts the needs of the group before her own.
In contrast to Catherine's sacrificial devotion is Mary, who confesses, "I'm a lesbian. I had a little experiment (with the opposite sex) once, but it didn't work out."
Another woman, Cissie, asks "Did it alter your life? You know, going one way to another? Were you ashamed of it?"
"It's hard not to be when everyone disapproves of it," replies Mary. She proceeds to talk about her lifelong sodomy cover up, as the ladies "bird watch" from the balcony.
Mary's homosexuality is viewed matter-of-factly, adding a perverse flavor to this already depressing tale about growing old. The others talk about how "I'm going to die soon" and "time is not on my side anymore."
This pity-party derails STRANGERS IN GOOD COMPANY, although Catherine does provide a glimmer of hope. She is a subtle reflection of Christ, who "made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant. He humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross" (Phillipians 2:7b & 8b).