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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?


At one point, David Fincher was attached to direct. See more »


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 »


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


These Eyes
Written by Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman
Performed by The Guess Who
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
(played when Athena, Henry and his parents are in the car)
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Dreaming of Life
20 July 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After a car accident on a bridge, the psychiatrist Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor) assumes the case of the survivor Henry Letham (Ryan Gosling), who apparently torched and car and promises to commit suicide three days later. Sam decides to investigate deeper what happened with Henry, and feels that he is becoming detached from reality with his findings about the case. He asks his girlfriend Lila Culpepper (Naomi Watts) to help himself to stay lucid, while trying to solve the intriguing situation of Henry.

I am a great fan of director Marc Foster, with his dramatic "Everything Put Together" and "Monster's Ball", and the wonderful "Finding Neverland". However, "Stay" is absolutely different from the foregoing movies, being a kind of "Sixth Sense" or "Jacob's Ladder" with a David Lynch style. The screenplay is very intriguing and challenging, with weird situations, and there is a catch in the end with Sam Foster vision when the truth is finally disclosed. The beautiful cinematography gives the sensation of a dream, or nightmare, to the viewer. This compelling film is attractive and deserves to be watched more than once. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Passagem" ("The Passage")

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