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Stay (2005)

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This movie focuses on the attempts of a psychiatrist to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide while trying to maintain his own grip on reality.

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Mrs. Letham
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Athena
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Dr. Ren
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Custodian / Piano Mover #1
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Cabbie / Piano Mover #2 (as José Ramon Rosario)
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Paramedic #1 / Butch Cook
Lisa Kron ...
Paramedic #2
Gregory Mitchell ...
Dance Instructor
John Dominici ...
Boy / Young Henry
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Boy's Mother
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A thought-provoking and haunting exploration of how reality and dream-states may combine to form complex interactions. The line between the imagination and reality blurs when an accomplished Psychiatrist takes on a patient that appears to be suicidal. Written by Anonymous

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Between the worlds of the living and the dead there is a place you're not supposed to stay.


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Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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21 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El umbral  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,188,199, 23 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,626,883, 27 November 2005
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first screenplay David Benioff sold. It sold for $1.5 million. See more »

Goofs

Many times throughout the film when an emergency siren is heard, the siren is not the shrill US siren, but an obvious European style siren. See more »

Quotes

Sam Foster: I've read your file.
Henry Letham: Well can I read your file?
Sam Foster: Tell me why you're here.
Henry Letham: I thought you read the file.
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Connections

Featured in Writing the Music for 'Stay' (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Aleph 2
Written by R. Parkes
Performed by Photek
Courtesy of Photek Records Ltd.
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A New Kind of Film
14 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

It is a truism that film, as a photographic medium, intrinsically resists the psychological. In the hands of a less gifted director, this would have been equally true of STAY, despite its overt plot in which a professor of psychiatry struggles to find a psychological clue in order to prevent a young artist from committing suicide at a precise time and location the artist has planned.

But without altering this plot as written, director Marc Forster has invented an editing style (combined with a rigorous control of transitions and point of view) to create nothing less than a parallel plot to the film, in which the professor must contend with the horror of his own descent into full-blown psychosis.

Since the director conveys this parallel plot entirely through visual means, and within the point of view of the hero of the story, its consequences are all the more disconcerting, and we feel the terror of the realization of losing one's mind more acutely than in any previous screen depiction of madness I have seen.

Much as the young artist's psychotic identity implicitly consumes the identity of his psychiatrist, so does the visual plot consume the overt, written plot of the film, like an unconscious motivation that overcomes a conscious one. By succeeding with such an ambitious design, Forster has invented a new kind of film in which the psychological, in all its frightening depths, finally becomes visible.


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