Completely Unknown: Have We Lost Our Privacy?

Completely unknown: have we lost our privacy?

What would happen if your friends and acquaintances suddenly got access to your social media accounts? What exactly do we hide on our phones? Perfect Strangers (“Completely Unknown”) is a 2017 Spanish film directed by Alex de la Iglesia. This film addresses these issues. The film is an adaptation of the film Perfetti Sconosciutti (2016) directed by the Italian Paolo Genovese Both versions tell the same story. In the film, a group of friends goes to each other for a nice dinner. However, hell will be unleashed when their secrets come to light with a game.

Perfect Strangers  is a film that conflicts with other films by this director. After the premiere of The Bar (2017)  , and also other films like  The Last Circus  (2010), My Big Night (2015), Common Wealth (2000)  and  The Day of the Beast  (1995),  may seem a little strange. to think that he would direct a comedy designed to criticize our current society. De la Iglesia has made us get used to darker, unreal and beast-like humor and normal situations that end up being out of control.

This is definitely the reason why we weren’t such big  Perfect Strangers in supporters. Its starting point is really interesting. But this dinner had too many appetizers and in turn too meager main course. This short dinner had too many ingredients, which is obvious from the beginning of the film. For some, this means that there is no more space for dessert.

Nonetheless, the premise, script, and message of this film are absolutely ambitious. The characters only needed a phone to bring about the tragedy. It’s a modern comedy that makes the viewer laugh and also think about how we use technology and if we really know our loved ones. Perfect Strangers  addresses these issues through a number of different tragicomic situations.

women in the movie Perfect Strangers

Privacy in the era of smartphones

Social networks are a part of our lives and our smartphones have become an extension of our hands. We always carry them with us. On our smartphones, we store conversations, pictures and a lot of different information that we may not want to share with the rest of the world. What we do online should be private. However, we are never completely alone. The Internet is always with us, and that is why it knows our deepest thoughts.

Through social media, we share what we want to share with the world, such as the best photos from our travels or the delicious foods we’re just eating. But what is really real about this? We live in a world today where we are constantly subjecting ourselves to external criticism. This explains why many of us always pay so much attention to appearance. We tend to direct all our energies to give the wrong picture of our own lives. 

In a way, we live a distorted reality that is nothing more than a distortion of ourselves. We don’t always even believe everything we share. We only do it to see what others think. In addition to this, we share news that we don’t even read. The movie Perfect Strangers brings out all of this. The purpose of this comedy is to reveal a group of friends who all think they know each other.

dinner preparation

The situations portrayed by De la Iglesia in the film are so ridiculous that they lose their credibility. Not only are they impossible, but it is also impossible to believe that a group of people with so many secrets will feel the urge to reveal themselves. This is exactly what in our current world we want to hide from the rest of the world: our intimate and precious realities. 

The characters in the film take off their masks and reveal their darkest secrets, even at the risk of losing everything they own. The tragedies and misery of the characters in the film make this fun. We laugh when we see different things happening to them. Things that might end their friendship and love for each other.

We have a lot of our own privacy on our smartphones. We take this device with us wherever we go, and this makes us kind of vulnerable. What if we left it on our table so that everyone close to us could watch it? Even if we think there is nothing to hide there, the truth is that even the smallest secret may be revealed. Our privacy is no longer just ours, we store it, and we make it available to the people around us, no matter how many passwords this device would protect.


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Have we lost our privacy? Maybe we don’t reveal our true selves, and we just show a picture far from what we really are. In a way,  privacy no longer exists. We reveal so much about ourselves that we want to keep some secrets on our phones. This film perfectly depicts how people are afraid of their own image. Today, many people are afraid to show their reality to the world.

Some of the characters in the film are not so willing to take part in this. However, there is so much group pressure within the group that everyone ends up showing their most intimate sides. The two characters in the film in particular are particularly scary, and this leads to a hilarious course of events.

This kind of privacy protection makes these two characters reluctant to reveal that they have switched phones, even when the situation is extremely tense. They don’t want to tell the truth even when they know that if they explained the situation, things could return to normal. Both of them decide to keep their secrets.

One thing we can’t stand today is boredom. This is something we can spot from one of the characters in the film, Eva, as she has been waiting for dinner from the beginning for something to happen.

friends in the movie Perfect Strangers

This whole film is tied to a strange phenomenon that goes hand in hand with several conditions: the red moon. Ever since ancient times, people have seen the moon as a world conductor, especially with respect to liquid elements. The tides vary with the moon, but our brains are also liquid, and for this reason some writers, such as Aristotle, have seen a correlation between the lunar cycle and human behavior.

We have with us a powerful moon that not even smartphones can fight. The moon can make situations violent and participants can become irrational.

Perfect Strangers  shows us the potential consequences of the world we live in. This film makes us reflect on hypocrisy, lies and obscurations. Do we really know the people we love the most? Or do we just know the image they maintain? Do we beautify our daily lives with social media?

Alex de la Iglesia offers us a re-filming of a comedy film that is different from anything we’ve seen before. This movie will definitely entertain its viewers. Watching it offers good moments and it makes the viewer reflect on many aspects it deals with.

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