Review: All of Us Strangers is another understated masterpiece and a five-star watch

This time of year is a rich and exciting time for local movie lovers, since all the award-worthy releases hit Kiwi cinemas.

One of those has just been nominated for six BAFTA awards, and it's called All of Us Strangers.

It's hardly surprising the filmmaker behind the wondrous film 45 Years should gift us another understated masterpiece, and make no mistake, that's exactly what Andrew Haig has done.

Fleabag fans will of course recognise hot priest Andrew Scott. He plays opposite Normal People and Aftersun break-out Paul Mescal, and they play neighbours in a mostly-empty London apartment block.

Their friendship, and their love affair, we live and breathe through Adam's eyes.

And it's set against the backdrop of his frequent visits to see his mother and father, as they were 30 years before.

The glorious Claire Foy and Jamie Bell inhabit these characters with such an intense authenticity.

The two sides of this storytelling coin are constantly, and gently flipped.

It's an intoxicating and deeply immersive experience.

There's one thing I beg of you. Let this story simply wash over you and let it inside.

Save all your questions for the hours, days, and weeks you will spend pondering this film. I promise it will be worth it.

All of Us Strangers is a mesmerising dreamscape of a film, full of tenderness, plus a haunting and incredibly poignant contemplation on grief, identity, loneliness and love. Stunning.

Five stars.