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Stay (I) (2005)

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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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Cabbie / Piano Mover #2 (as José Ramon Rosario)
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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)


$165,388 (Brazil) (30 December 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Sam Foster: [looking at the empty pill bottles] You can't drink while you're taking these.
Dr. Beth Levy: Mm. Apparently I can.
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More about the journey than the destination
22 October 2005 | by (Emerald Hills, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

It would be cruel to reveal anything about the story before seeing this film because most of the enjoyment is learning which path the story will choose.

The film has masterful visual style. At times it appears to be a normal picture until the surreal aspects make themselves known with subtlety. The editing is seamless, almost but not quite confusing, and the callbacks to earlier scenes are never overused.

It is not a spoiler to state that early on Something Isn't Quite Right, and there are story elements that the avid moviegoer will know to be central to the conclusion. However, it's the path that leads to the end that makes the time enjoyable.

Naomi Watts, as usual, is perfect, and Ewan McGregor has again picked one of the scripts that was for the art and not the money. Ryan Gosling is effective, and Jeanine Garafolo's three minutes were eerie. I'm certain that Elizabeth Reaser will be seen again.

Not a perfect movie, but definitely worth the time if you enjoy surrealistic stories.


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