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Asylum (2005)

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A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband's inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.

Director:

David Mackenzie

Writers:

Patrick McGrath (novel), Patrick Marber (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Richardson ... Stella Raphael
Hugh Bonneville ... Max Raphael
Gus Lewis Gus Lewis ... Charlie Raphael
Ian McKellen ... Dr. Peter Cleave
Joss Ackland ... Jack Straffen
Wanda Ventham ... Bridie Straffen
Sarah Thurstan Sarah Thurstan ... Mrs. Rose
Alwyne Taylor Alwyne Taylor ... Monica
Maria Aitken ... Claudia Greene
Hazel Douglas ... Lilly
Anna Keaveney Anna Keaveney ... Mrs. Bain
Marton Csokas ... Edgar Stark
Robert Willox Robert Willox ... John Archer
Judy Parfitt ... Brenda Raphael
Sean Harris ... Nick
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In the 1950s, the psychiatrist Max Raphael is hired to work as superintendent of an asylum in the outskirts of London, and he moves with his wife Stella Raphael and their son Charlie. Stella has a passionless marriage and is ignored by Max. Her boredom changes when her son befriends the handsome inmate Edgar Stark, an sculptor that in a crisis of jealousy had killed and disfigured his wife, and that is treated by Dr. Peter Cleave, an ambitious psychiatrist that aspired Max's position. During the afternoons, Stella has a hot adulterous affair with Edgar until the day he escapes and their affair is discovered. Stella has to take a decision between her family and her wild passion for Edgar. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Passion. Possession. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa da Loucura See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,272, 14 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$374,903, 13 November 2005
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Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Marton Csokas and Sir Ian McKellen appeared in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. See more »

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While Stella is brushing her hair her blue nightgown is clearly on both shoulders. When Max moves toward her, the blue nightgown is off her left shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Max Raphael: I want you to understand what's going to happen next. The shock will wear off, and it will be replaced by a devastating grief. In time, you will come to terms with what you have done and you'll just be very, very sad. And that sadness will stay with you for the rest of your life.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Wild and Tragic Passion
11 August 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 50's, the psychiatrist Max Raphael (Hugh Bonneville) is hired to work as superintendent of an asylum in the outskirts of London, and he moves with his wife Stella Raphael (Natasha Richardson) and their son Charlie (Gus Lewis). Stella has a passionless marriage and is ignored by Max; her boredom changes when her son befriends the handsome inmate Edgar Stark (Marton Csokas), an sculptor that in a crisis of jealousy had killed and disfigured his wife, and that is treated by Dr. Peter Cleave (Ian McKellen), an ambitious psychiatrist that aspired Max's position. During the afternoons, Stella has a hot adulterous affair with Edgar until the day he escapes and their affair is discovered. Stella has to take a decision between her family and her wild passion for Edgar.

"Asylum" is a sort of combination of "Madame Bovary" with "La Ragazza di Trieste", telling the wild and tragic passion of an ignored and bored woman and her descent into a hell life with a madman. The narrative is sexually tense, and the still sexy Natasha Richardson has a fantastic performance in the role of a woman that becomes obsessed by her destructive desire. Her chemistry with Marton Csokas is amazing, combining tension, madness and eroticism in a stylish cinematography. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Paixão Sem Limites" ("Passion Without Limits")


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