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Stay (I) (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  21 October 2005 (USA)
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Reviews: 345 user | 138 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

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)


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

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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 »


All of the books in the "bookstore" that Dr. Foster visits as he is trying to find Henry have library identification labels on their spines, revealing that the scene was actually shot in a public library (the 58th Street branch of the New York Public library in Manhattan, as it turns out). See more »


Henry Letham: Do you know the Tristan Rêveur quote about bad art? It's "bad art is more tragically beautiful than good art 'cause it documents human failure."
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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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A New Kind of Film
14 February 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

It is a truism that film, as a photographic medium, intrinsically resists the psychological. In the hands of a less gifted director, this would have been equally true of STAY, despite its overt plot in which a professor of psychiatry struggles to find a psychological clue in order to prevent a young artist from committing suicide at a precise time and location the artist has planned.

But without altering this plot as written, director Marc Forster has invented an editing style (combined with a rigorous control of transitions and point of view) to create nothing less than a parallel plot to the film, in which the professor must contend with the horror of his own descent into full-blown psychosis.

Since the director conveys this parallel plot entirely through visual means, and within the point of view of the hero of the story, its consequences are all the more disconcerting, and we feel the terror of the realization of losing one's mind more acutely than in any previous screen depiction of madness I have seen.

Much as the young artist's psychotic identity implicitly consumes the identity of his psychiatrist, so does the visual plot consume the overt, written plot of the film, like an unconscious motivation that overcomes a conscious one. By succeeding with such an ambitious design, Forster has invented a new kind of film in which the psychological, in all its frightening depths, finally becomes visible.

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