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WFS closes season "The Business of Strangers"

April 9, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Film Society concludes its 2001-02 film schedule with the area debut of "The Business of Strangers," a dark thriller starring Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles, Friday through Sunday, April 19-21.

The film screens at the Little Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 21, at 2:30 and 5 p.m. Regular admission is $5; students pay $3.

"The Business of Strangers" stars Channing as a world-weary, newly named CEO who, with her brash young assistant (Stiles), spends an alcohol-fueled night at an airport hotel exchanging confidences, lies and playing power games centering on a slick corporate head-hunter. Darkly humorous, and in some ways the flip side of "In the Company of Men," this social satire explores issues of women, strength and aggression.

A favorite of critics, "The Business of Strangers" has garnered "Two Thumbs Up!" from Ebert & Roeper among its praise. In addition, Rolling Stone calls the film, "A maliciously funny and keenly observant movie" while the Los Angeles Times deems it "Crisp and provocative, and no small amount of its pleasure derives from Channing's dazzling performance."

The Little Theatre is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver St. on Western Michigan University's East Campus. For more information visit <www.wmich.edu/films> or call the movie line at 269 387-8221.

Media contact: Bethany Gibson, 269 387-2370, bethany.gibson@wmich.edu

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