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About The Comfort of Strangers:

Directed by Paul Schrader with Christopher Walken, Helen Mirren, Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson.
A couple retreat to Venice to work on their relationship, but an encounter with a stranger leads them into a world of intrigue – where their darkest desires are in reach.

Michael Billington:
“Venice has always been a popular setting for movies but rarely has it seemed more sinister than in Pinter’s seductive version of an Ian McEwan novel. The story shows a glamorous young English couple drawn into a world of labyrinthine decadence. What Pinter adds to the original’s sexual strangeness is an implicit connection between patriarchal values and political absolutism.”

Presented in partnership with Chiswick Book Festival, Pinter on Screen runs until September 2024. Season curated by Michael Billington in collaboration with Torin Douglas and Chris Parker.


Helen Mirren • Rupert Everett • Natasha Richardson • Christopher Walken


Paul Schrader

Running Time

102 minutes
Contains strong violence and moderate sex

Book Tickets

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Public booking opens every Tuesday for the subsequent Friday to Thursday.

Pinter on Screen: The Comfort of Strangers + Intro15

Sun 28 Jul