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Maya Burson
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Yoshi Araki
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Mrs. Von Unwerth
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Mr. Siskind
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Young Father
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Soccer Coach
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Storyline

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. Written by Huggo

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The things that we fear the most have already happened to us... See more »

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

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13 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Retratos de una obsesión  »

Box Office

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,037,361 (Spain) (23 August 2002)

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$1,557,340 (Australia) (7 February 2003)
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Several of the family photos Sy goes through at the flea market feature Mark Romanek as a boy, his parents and his aunt. See more »

Goofs

On the Monday when Sy introduces his regular customers, when we first meet Mr. Siskind, the same two customers appear to walk the same path over again between the shots of him and Sy. Next when we meet Mrs. Van Unworth, the same thing happens: We see two customers who walk a specific path once, and then over again between shots implying they are walking along pre-marked paths. See more »

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[Quoting Deepak Chopra]
Sy Parrish: The things you're most afraid of have already happened.
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References The World of Henry Orient (1964) See more »

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Groovin' With You
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Another Example Of A Comedian Who Can Be Effectively Serious
2 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robin Williams once again proves how good comedians can be at serious drama roles. Williams is especially good at playing creepy characters, as he has done several times in the last decade.

Here, he plays "Sy, the photo guy," a lonely employee in the photo department of a suburban Target/Walt-Mart//K-Mart-whatever who lives vicariously through a nice family, whose family pictures he has developed and printed for years. So, when Sy discovers the husband of that family is cheating, he takes it personally....and gets involved.

This was a fascinating portrait of a deranged man and a wonderfully photographed movie. The colors in here are astounding at times and the camera-work innovative with some neat angles. The suspense of the story builds and builds one gets that old film-noir feeling of impending doom.

This has a different ending, though, than most old film noirs, not exactly what the viewer might think will happen.

This is a film that, as far I know, never got much publicity, but it's a gem. Williams is outstanding in his role and the hour-and-a-half you invest in this movie flies by.


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