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Anesthesia (2015)

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Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor.

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Philosophy professor Walter Zarrow is wounded during a mugging. In an effort to escape he rings buzzers indiscriminately, waking Sam, a middle aged father of two having an affair in the city. Sam reluctantly answers Zarrow's pleas, and Zarrow loses consciousness in his arms. Through an exploration of why these men, along with the mugger, and an addict named Joe, come together, we explore New York City. The experience of Zarrow, Sam, Joe and Zarrow's assailant ripple quickly out to include the connected lives of a housewife struggling with alcoholism, a stoner teen desperate to lose his virginity, a brilliant but failed writer fighting addiction, two parents confronting the prospect of terminal illness, and a brilliant grad student who wounds herself to feel alive. Written by Anonymous

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Who we don't know can save us

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Rated R for language, sexual content, drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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8 January 2016 (USA)  »

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Crímenes y virtudes  »

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$6,747 (USA) (8 January 2016)

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$22,386 (USA) (29 January 2016)
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Kristen Stewart and Glenn Close were in The Safety of Objects (2001) together in 2001, which was Stewart's first credited film role. It took 13 years for another collaboration in "Anesthesia." See more »

Quotes

Joe: Simplicity of the divine.
Prof. Walter Zarrow: You've read Augustine?
Joe: Not everything.
Prof. Walter Zarrow: Don't worry. No one has.
Joe: And in translation too.
Prof. Walter Zarrow: I'd be lying if I said I didn't need a moment to process where this conversation has suddenly veered.
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Tenderly
Performed by Bill Evans
Written By Walter Gross and Jack Lawrence
Used by Permission of Edwin H. Morris & Company,
A Division of MPL Music Publishing, Inc.,
and Range Road Music, Inc.
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Many lives converge during a tragic moment. Works as well as Crash did. I really enjoyed this and recommend. I give this a B+
17 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"You can't see you're in charge of yourself." The lives of many people and families all intersect after the attack on popular professor Walter Zarrow (Waterston). A husband and wife in marriage trouble, a wife with health issues, a young woman with mental problems and two old friends on opposite ends of the law all have an impact on each other without realizing it. I really enjoy movies like this. Movies where seemingly individual stories all converge at the end. Movies like Crash, 11:14 and recently She's Funny That Way have all used this mechanic with success. This one adds to that. The movie starts off a little slow but really grows on you and by the end you really don't want it to end. The only downside is the movie is a little too predictable, but it does have enough curves to keep you surprised though. The acting is very good in this and this is a sleeper movie that should be seen by more people than it will. Overall, a movie to watch for the acting and the story, not for everyone but those that like it will really like it. I did. I give this a B+.


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