Adrift in Manhattan (2007)

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


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(screenplay), (based on an original story by) (as Alfredo De Villa)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Colon
Mr. Sneider
Melanie (as Nicole Leach)
Rose Phipps
Marta Colon
Tomasso Pensara
Isabel Parades
Mark Phipps
Erika Michels ...
Liam de Villa ...
Jen (as Keren Perilman)
Alexis Smith ...
Anthony Cirillo ...


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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6 June 2008 (Mexico)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Mr. Sneider: The guy who invented the digital camera: the number-one reason to repeal the assault-weapon ban.
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Spoofs The French Connection (1971) See more »

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Beautiful and worth more acclaim than it's gained
5 January 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. The feeling and pace was graceful, the cinematography and music wonderful. There's loneliness and loss here, but it's covered in a way that makes you just fall in love with the characters and care for them, hope they come through. For those that can identify with the vib of New York, the film is likely to be appreciated even more, as elements of the subway and streets come through realistically.

This movie visits the lives of three different people, and how they coincidentally intermingle within the movie time line. The other characters in the movie add some color and background, and do well also.

I've watched this movie multiple times and every time I come away satisfied, and more so: inspired. You can use this movie to better your life, to better your art. Strongly recommend watching it on a quiet, relaxing night.

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