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Adrift in Manhattan (2007)

R | | Drama | 6 June 2008 (Mexico)
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The lives of three lonely strangers intersect while commuting on New York's 1 and 9 subway lines.

Director:

Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa (as Alfredo De Villa)

Writers:

Nat Moss (screenplay), Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa (based on an original story by) (as Alfredo De Villa)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Graham ... Rose / optometrist
Victor Rasuk ... Simon Colon
Dominic Chianese ... Tomasso / officeman / painter
Marlene Forte ... Marta / Simon's mother
Richard Petrocelli ... Mr. Sneider / photographer's shop owner
Elizabeth Peña ... Isabel / Tomasso's workmate
William Baldwin ... Mark / Rose's husband
Karen Olivo ... Ana / Isabel's daughter
Nicolle Rochelle ... Melanie / Photographer assistant (as Nicole Leach)
Erika Michels Erika Michels ... Claire / Mark's sister / tarot reader
Liam de Villa Liam de Villa ... Casey
Keren Love Perilman Keren Love Perilman ... Jen (as Keren Perilman)
Karina Arroyave ... Christina
Alexis Smith Alexis Smith ... Yvette
Anthony Cirillo Anthony Cirillo ... Carlitos / Ana's husband
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Storyline

A meditation on isolation and intersection in the big city - the layered story of three characters who find courage to move to the next stage of life through profound encounters with strangers they meet on their daily routes. Rose, an optometrist paralyzed by crushing grief after the death of her infant, has built a wall around herself, unable to relate to her estranged husband or anyone else. When an elderly patient, a painter losing his eyesight, begins to visit her office unannounced, Rose registers how alone he is, urging him to reach out and ask for help--something neither does easily. Meanwhile Simon, a late-blooming teenager with an overbearing mother, photographs people at a distance with a borrowed long lens. One day, Rose, beautiful and melancholy in a vibrant scarf, comes into focus in his camera sight. The pictures he shoots become a conduit for each of them to touch something deep within and expand their confining existence. - Caroline Libresco Written by The Sundance Film Guide

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 June 2008 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

1/9 See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,099, 21 September 2007, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is an image of a hand hanging on a piece of paper in the mail room (about 1/2 through the movie) that matches the configuration of Heather Graham's hand on the window, as she looks out of her apartment (about 1/4 through the movie). See more »

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Mr. Sneider: The guy who invented the digital camera: the number-one reason to repeal the assault-weapon ban.
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Spoofs The French Connection (1971) See more »

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Muffled Manhattan
25 July 2009 | by maryszdSee all my reviews

Adrift in Manhattan is a small, lovingly made, melancholy film about the intersecting lives of various emotionally wounded people in Manhattan. As I watched the film though, I felt something was "off." Then I realized it, the Manhattan in this movie is much too quiet. I lived in Manhattan for years and one of my overriding memories of it is the constant noise; sirens, garbage trucks, horns honking, boom boxes, crazy people yelling, etc. Yet, in this film Manhattan is a quiet, dignified place. If only! I wonder what the film would have been like if it actually had the background noise that's so much a part of the city. I think it would have improved the film and made the characters' loneliness all the more poignant.


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