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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cabbie / Piano Mover #2 (as José Ramon Rosario)
Paramedic #1 / Butch Cook
Lisa Kron ...
Paramedic #2
Gregory Mitchell ...
John Dominici ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El umbral  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,188,199 (USA) (21 October 2005)


$3,626,883 (USA) (25 November 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


During the chess game, the move "king's rook to e3" was announced. In fact the rook was moved to e1. The next move, "knight to c3, check," didn't put the king in check and Sam didn't move the knight there. See more »


Lila Culpepper: Tell me I'm good.
Sam Foster: You're good.
Lila Culpepper: Tell me they'll remember me.
Sam Foster: Who's 'they'?
Lila Culpepper: [almost asking] The world.
Sam Foster: Is that what you want?
Sam Foster: The world will remember you.
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Featured in Writing the Music for 'Stay' (2006) See more »


Who Am I (Animatrix Edit)
Written by Peter Kruder
Performed by Peace Orchestra
Vocals by Hubert Tubbs
Courtesy of G-Stone Recordings
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This movie left me completely in Awe....
4 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can honestly say that this is one of the most incredible movies I have ever seen. I was speechless when I got through with this movie. I just cannot believe how complex this movie is. It had so many levels to it. Mark Forster is an absolute genius.

The plots basically centers around two characters, Sam Foster(Ewan McGregor) and Henry Letham(Ryan Gosling). Sam is a psychiatrist who deals mostly with neurotic stockbrokers, but at the beginning of the movie he is filling in for one of his colleagues. That is how he comes to meet Henry. Henry is a very strange Art student who idolizes this artist named Tristan Reveur. Reveur was a magnificent artist who burned all his paintings and committed suicide on his 21st birthday (he actually told people he was going to do this on when he was 18). Henry decides that he wants to leave the same mark and tells Sam that he is going to commit suicide on midnight of his 21st birthday. It then becomes Sam's job to try and stop him, but during that promise Sam must also fight to keep his own grip with reality.

This movie will mess with your head throughout the entire film. It is a very artistic film, and the whole concept of art (painting, drama, literature, etc.) holds the plot together. The most amazing part of this film however is the complexity of it. I still cannot believe how Forster was able to tie all these characters together the way he did, it really was a work of art. By the time you reach the end of this film you will be utterly amazed. In my opinion this is a true masterpiece. I'm going to leave this with my favorite quote from the movie:

"Bad art is more tragically beautiful than good art, because it documents human failing." - Tristan Reveur

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