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The Hungry Ghosts (2009)

R | | Drama | 5 February 2010 (USA)
A New York City-set drama of interlocking stories which occur over a 36-hour period.

Director:

Michael Imperioli
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Cast

Credited cast:
Steve Schirripa ... Frank
Aunjanue Ellis ... Nadia
Nick Sandow ... Gus
Sharon Angela ... Sharon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sharon Abella Sharon Abella ... Girl who was dealt Blackjack
Tina Benko ... Abby
Nuno Bento Nuno Bento
Paul Calderon ... Carl
Joe Caniano Joe Caniano ... Joey
E.J. Carroll ... Eddie
Selma Cifka Selma Cifka ... Doris
Emory Cohen ... Matthew
Vincent Curatola ... Nicky Z
Elzbieta Czyzewska ... Mrs. Dunleavy
Sanjit De Silva ... Mohammed
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Storyline

According to Buddhists, hungry ghosts are the dead who cannot bid farewell to the living. They are a metaphor for spiritual hunger which we often try to satisfy by chasing the superficial and material. This directing debut by Michael Imperioli is filled with hungry ghosts. A group of New Yorkers, of different ages, races and backgrounds, hunger for emotional, sensual, and spiritual fulfillment. Their intersecting and colliding paths reflect the zeitgeist of our times, in which the desperation of the West smacks up against the religious teachings of the East. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, drug use, language and some disturbing content
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glodne duchy See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of those indie slice of life films.
10 November 2010 | by scrapmetal7See all my reviews

This film is like many, many indie films, in that it follows some desperate separate lives as they wrestle with their addictive behaviors and regrets. As this kind of film, Hungry Ghosts is good. That's my review.

I've seen a zillion films like this. Just last week I watched Powder Blue with Ray Liotta and Jessca Biel, same kind of thing. Or go see 13 Moons with Steve Buscemi. The Life Before This with Catherine O'Hara and Joe Pantoliano. Shrink with Kevin Spacey. Dancing at the Blue Iguana with Sanda Oh. Crash, that piece of garbage movie that was so popular 6 years ago, was this kind of movie but with an inexplicably larger budget. The thing about movies like this is that if you've seen them you know what they are and what to expect. In the first minute, you know what you're dealing with. Desperate people, aimless lives, some intersections, some deaths, no story structure, nothing much is going to happen. You know this in the first minute. If you have complaints after that you're being ridiculous. It's like complaining about your face hurting after you smash your head against a cement wall. It's like complaining about the wall.


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