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Adrift in Manhattan (2007)

R | | Drama | 6 June 2008 (Mexico)
The lives of three lonely strangers intersect while commuting on New York's 1 and 9 subway lines.

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Simon Colon
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Mr. Sneider
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Melanie (as Nicole Leach)
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Ana
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Rose Phipps
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Marta Colon
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Tomasso Pensara
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Isabel Parades
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Mark Phipps
Erika Michels ...
Claire
Liam de Villa ...
Casey
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Jen (as Keren Perilman)
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Christina
Alexis Smith ...
Yvette
Anthony Cirillo ...
Carlitos
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A meditation on isolation and intersection in the big city - the layered story of three characters who find courage to move to the next stage of life through profound encounters with strangers they meet on their daily routes. Rose, an optometrist paralyzed by crushing grief after the death of her infant, has built a wall around herself, unable to relate to her estranged husband or anyone else. When an elderly patient, a painter losing his eyesight, begins to visit her office unannounced, Rose registers how alone he is, urging him to reach out and ask for help--something neither does easily. Meanwhile Simon, a late-blooming teenager with an overbearing mother, photographs people at a distance with a borrowed long lens. One day, Rose, beautiful and melancholy in a vibrant scarf, comes into focus in his camera sight. The pictures he shoots become a conduit for each of them to touch something deep within and expand their confining existence. - Caroline Libresco Written by The Sundance Film Guide

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Rated R for sexual content, some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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There is an image of a hand hanging on a piece of paper in the mail room (about 1/2 through the movie) that matches the configuration of Heather Graham's hand on the window, as she looks out of her apartment (about 1/4 through the movie). See more »

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Mr. Sneider: The guy who invented the digital camera: the number-one reason to repeal the assault-weapon ban.
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parts of this are interesting
27 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Simon Colon works in a photo shop and lives with his manic alcoholic mother. He takes photos on the street and starts stalking Rose Phipps (Heather Graham). Rose is an optometrist struggling with the death of her baby son. She tells her painter patient Tommaso Pensara (Dominic Chianese) that he's going blind. These are three lonely suffering people in the crowded city of New York. Tommaso starts dating the younger Isabel Parades (Elizabeth Peña). Rose is estranged from her husband Mark (William Baldwin).

These interconnected characters are not all compelling. I like the weird relationship between Rose and young Simon. It has good potential. I would have expected Mark to stay connected to Rose and interacted with this strange pairing. Instead, Mark simply drifted off on his own course. I'm not as committed to Tommaso and his relationship to Isabel. Overall, this is a slow mover and only parts of it is compelling.


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