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Asylum Seekers (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Fantasy | 13 June 2009 (USA)
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Six people on the verge of a breakdown decide to check themselves into an insane asylum, only to discover there is just room for one.

Director:

Rania Ajami

Writers:

Rania Ajami (screenplay), Rania Ajami (story) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Pepper Binkley ... Maud
Bill Dawes ... Alan
Judith Hawking Judith Hawking ... Nurse Milly
Daniel Irizarry Daniel Irizarry ... Dr. Raby
Stella Maeve ... Alice
Camille O'Sullivan Camille O'Sullivan ... Miranda
Lee Wilkof ... Paul
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Remy Auberjonois ... Dinner Host
John Auer ... Patient
Liza Binkley ... Female Worker #1
Shana Dowdeswell ... Girlfriend
Karin Duseva Karin Duseva ... Miranda's Personal Assistant
Mercedes Herrero Mercedes Herrero ... Hostess #1
Edward James Hyland ... Dr. Psycho #4
Ken Jennings Ken Jennings ... Minnie
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Storyline

Work, family, relationships, deadlines, terrorism, information overload... When modern life is getting crazier and crazier, day by day, who wouldn't think about getting out? Leaving it all behind? Wouldn't that be the only sane response to this mad world? "Asylum Seekers" is about escapism, about feeling the pressure and deciding on a radical solution. Our six characters can't take their various stresses any more and are heading for the door marked EXIT. It leads to a deluxe, exclusive, luxuriously-appointed mental asylum, an adult funfair where they can let it all go and be waited on hand and foot for the rest of their carefree lives. Or so it seems... The first twist is that there are limited places. Only one free bed remains. The competition is on. And there are many other surprises lying in wait for the unwary, would-be-insane patient... The ride out of the world they know has only just begun! Written by Rania Ajami

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Taglines:

Crazy is the new sane.

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Шестеро из дурдома See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(European Film Market)

Color:

Color
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Paul: There'll be no room for lunatics in *my* asylum!
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So Much Potential, But Not Completed
15 August 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Six people on the verge of a breakdown decide to check themselves into an insane asylum, only to discover there is just room for one.

I have to wonder, what sort of thing inspires this film? Luis Bunuel? David Lynch? Clearly Alice in Wonderland to some degree... but this film has a surreal vibe -- no, not a vibe. It is surreal through and through. Which, if you like that, will tickle your fancy.

The idea behind this film was awesome, the imagery was awesome, the twists were awesome... so why did I give it a mediocre rating? Simply because this film, if redone by someone with a bigger budget and with access to more star power, could make it a much better film. The only really good actor was the man playing the bald guy in a suit. (The cyber girl was okay, too... the gender bender rapper was by far the worst.


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