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5 Flights Up (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 8 May 2015 (USA)
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A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.

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Richard Loncraine

Writers:

Charlie Peters (screenplay), Jill Ciment (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Ruth Carver
Morgan Freeman ... Alex Carver
Cynthia Nixon ... Lily Portman
Carrie Preston ... Miriam Carswell
Claire van der Boom ... Young Ruth
Korey Jackson ... Young Alex
Michael Cristofer ... Larry
Diane Ciesla ... May
Josh Pais ... Jackson
Maddie Corman ... Friendly Lady
Miriam Shor ... Cool Lady
Gary Wilmes ... Mr. Vincent
Liza J. Bennett ... Mrs. Vincent
Ted Sod ... Mr. Rahim
Sterling Jerins ... Zoë
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A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.

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The best moves in life are the ones you make together. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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PG-13 for language and some nude images | See all certifications »

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Morgan Freeman and Dianne Keaton are credited as being the singers of some of the songs heard on the film. See more »

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The central characters say (two times) that they are buying an apartment on 1st Avenue and 77th Street and when they enter the apartment (also two times) it's clearly off Amsterdam Avenue on Cathedral Parkway, which is around 110th Street in West Harlem/Morningside Heights - more than 2 miles from where they are supposed to be. These two neighborhoods don't look alike at all. See more »

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Alex Carver: [narrating] When Ruth and I first moved to Brooklyn, it was like an outpost. To our friends in Manhattan, we might as well have moved to Nebraska. It was out of fashion, but a good place for a struggling artist like me. And we liked it, which was good, because it was all we could afford.
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Ritrovarsi
Performed by Max Calo
Music and Lyrics by Max Calo
Produced by George Acogny and Max Calo
Published by &copy Aloopho Music (Sessiwede Inc.)
Sesac/Sacem
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An easy-going, cozy film. Maybe a bit too cozy
12 June 2015 | by peterp-450-298716See all my reviews

"5 Flights up" is an easy-going film about an old married couple (Alex and Ruth) who came to the conclusion that after living in that part of Brooklyn for about 40 years, where they bought a cozy apartment, the time came to leave all this behind and find another place to live. For all sorts of reasons. First, the neighborhood is no longer as it was before and is engulfed by a younger generation. And also the lack of a lift became a daily obstacle for the house owner and their old dog. Eventually, they decide to sell their apartment and they leave this in the hands of a niece who knows the tricks in this business. And before they realize it, their apartment is occupied by potential buyers who can be divided into several categories: candidates who are determined to seize this unique opportunity with both hands, the yuppies who want to redesign the entire floor, the real estate tourists who just come their to watch television and eat some snacks and even someone who's always trying out the bed. Alex doesn't feel at home anymore, despite it's still his own apartment and it's not even sold yet.

For the two protagonists alone, I necessarily wanted to see this movie. Not that I'm a big fan of Diana Keaton, who usually plays a corny, traditional mother in some romantic comedy where someone is getting married once again (a film such as "The Big Wedding"). Although I could appreciate her performance in "The Family Stone", even though she played again the mother hen. But "5 Flights up" was perfect for her. A serene and formal older woman who even in the most hectic and stressful situations, remains calm. She's hardened by the past when she made the decision to marry an Afro-American. Compared to that every setback is just peanuts.

I was particularly curious about how Morgan Freeman would play his part. After a succession of meaningless roles in both brilliant films as soon-to-be-forgotten films, like "Olympus Has Fallen", "Oblivion", "Now you see me", "Last Vegas", "Transcendence", "Lucy" and "Last Knights", it was once again time for this brilliant actor to being featured in an entire movie. And he lived up to my expectations. Flawlessly he acquitted himself of his task : the spouse who's still in love with his wife after all these years, the cheerful artist who rather withdraws into his studio while strangers are wandering through his flat, the worried owner of a pet that needs medical assistance (no matter what it costs) and the resolute decision maker who ultimately decides about what's rightfully his. Formidable performance.

Only the script is kind of dull to keep things interesting. Admittedly, the situations arising from the sale are frequently humorous and engaging. But a whole film just about selling an apartment with on the one hand the financial advantage and on the other hand a pile of memories that needs to be left behind, is still only limited material to work with. The message that this film conveys is that money can't replace nostalgic musings and feelings. A sunrise is nowhere the same and you'll have to forget certain habits and situations from the past. It's beautifully imaged with flashbacks that don't seem to be disturbing, with a touch of melancholy and sadness on top. A smile and a tear. But just as in real life, selling a house isn't particularly exciting and entertaining. That was for me the only downside of it all. But Freeman starring back again like this after a long time, made it bearable.

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Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$238,491, 10 May 2015

Gross USA:

$1,020,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,679,847
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