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Stay (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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Mrs. Letham
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Athena
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Dr. Ren
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Custodian / Piano Mover #1
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Cabbie / Piano Mover #2 (as José Ramon Rosario)
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Paramedic #1 / Butch Cook
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Dance Instructor
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Boy's Mother
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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

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


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

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21 October 2005 (USA)  »

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El umbral  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,188,199 (USA) (23 October 2005)

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$3,626,883 (USA) (27 November 2005)
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At one point, David Fincher was attached to direct. See more »

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When Leon (Henry's father) was talking to Sam after his eyes opened, he said that "The first time I can see everything" and "I always thought you had brown eyes." If a man didn't see anything in his entire life (he is blind), he can not know about the color brown to think about it. See more »

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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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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 top notch Lynch-y psychological thriller
22 October 2005 | by (Woodland Hills, CA) – See all my reviews

This is really a spectacular film. I know I'm going to have to see it at least once more, because there's so much stuff going on that it's impossible to give Stay the attention in deserves in one viewing.

First and foremost, although I won't give away the plot here, I'll say that the movie (thankfully) does not rely on a surprise ending for the totality of its impact. In fact, if you're paying attention, you can pretty much figure out (mostly) what the situation is before you get too far into the movie. Unlike some of the worst examples of this genre (i.e. The Sixth Sense), Stay is not a film that "hides the ball," but instead presents you with characters and a storyline, and asks you to draw your own conclusions.

That said, there isn't an obvious solution to the movie. While you may be able to explain the film after viewing it (which is trickier that it will seem at first), you may realize that the real brilliance of this film is in the levels of its narrative. At its core, it is a basic psychological thriller. Simultaneously, and perhaps subconsciously, it also meditates on weighty issues of reality and identity- consider what the imperative "Stay" means to different characters at different points in the film, and it's almost like you're watching an entirely different movie than you originally thought.

Finally, the visuals in this movie provide their own context and narrative regarding the fragile nature of human memory and perception. This is the best looking movie I've seen in a long time, and the fact that it's combined with such a great story and cast makes this a rare treat.

If there is a weak link here, it's probably Gosling, who I think missed some opportunities to really dig in with his character and creep us out. Still his acting is better than that of most of Hollywood's garbage these days.

Final verdict: if you want a smart and unsettling film that will spur a serious discussion, watch this. You won't be disappointed.


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