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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.

Director:

Marc Forster

Writer:

David Benioff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Dr. Sam Foster
Ryan Gosling ... Henry Letham
Kate Burton ... Mrs. Letham
Naomi Watts ... Lila Culpepper
Elizabeth Reaser ... Athena
Bob Hoskins ... Dr. Leon Patterson
Janeane Garofalo ... Dr. Beth Levy
BD Wong ... Dr. Ren
John Tormey ... Custodian / Piano Mover #1
José Ramón Rosario ... Cabbie / Piano Mover #2 (as José Ramon Rosario)
Becky Ann Baker ... Paramedic #1 / Butch Cook
Lisa Kron Lisa Kron ... Paramedic #2
Gregory Mitchell Gregory Mitchell ... Dance Instructor
John Dominici John Dominici ... Boy / Young Henry
Jessica Hecht ... Boy's Mother
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El umbral See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,188,199, 23 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,626,883, 27 November 2005
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Massive Attack's song "Angel" is prominently featured on in Doug Liman's Go (1999) and Marc Forster's Stay (2005) - movies with opposing titles. See more »

Goofs

Many times throughout the film when an emergency siren is heard, the siren is not the shrill US siren, but an obvious European style siren. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leon Patterson: The Buddhists had it right all along. The world is an illusion.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was censored to achieve a 15 rating. A line of dialogue describing a suicide technique was altered. The original line was restored in the 2006 18-rated DVD. See more »

Connections

Featured in Writing the Music for 'Stay' (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Am I (Animatrix Edit)
Written by Peter Kruder
Performed by Peace Orchestra
Vocals by Hubert Tubbs
Courtesy of G-Stone Recordings
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This movie left me completely in Awe....
4 September 2006 | by MadeOfScarsSee all my reviews

I can honestly say that this is one of the most incredible movies I have ever seen. I was speechless when I got through with this movie. I just cannot believe how complex this movie is. It had so many levels to it. Mark Forster is an absolute genius.

The plots basically centers around two characters, Sam Foster(Ewan McGregor) and Henry Letham(Ryan Gosling). Sam is a psychiatrist who deals mostly with neurotic stockbrokers, but at the beginning of the movie he is filling in for one of his colleagues. That is how he comes to meet Henry. Henry is a very strange Art student who idolizes this artist named Tristan Reveur. Reveur was a magnificent artist who burned all his paintings and committed suicide on his 21st birthday (he actually told people he was going to do this on when he was 18). Henry decides that he wants to leave the same mark and tells Sam that he is going to commit suicide on midnight of his 21st birthday. It then becomes Sam's job to try and stop him, but during that promise Sam must also fight to keep his own grip with reality.

This movie will mess with your head throughout the entire film. It is a very artistic film, and the whole concept of art (painting, drama, literature, etc.) holds the plot together. The most amazing part of this film however is the complexity of it. I still cannot believe how Forster was able to tie all these characters together the way he did, it really was a work of art. By the time you reach the end of this film you will be utterly amazed. In my opinion this is a true masterpiece. I'm going to leave this with my favorite quote from the movie:

"Bad art is more tragically beautiful than good art, because it documents human failing." - Tristan Reveur


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