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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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Tim Blake Nelson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Waterston ... Walter Zarrow
Ivan Goris Ivan Goris ... Ignacio
Rob Morgan ... Parnell
Corey Stoll ... Sam
Mickey Sumner ... Nicole
Kaipo Schwab ... Tenant
Tim Blake Nelson ... Adam
Kristen Stewart ... Sophie
Philip Ettinger ... Roger (as Phil Ettinger)
Gretchen Mol ... Sarah
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Marta
Erica Cho ... Teacher
Jacqueline Baum ... Allie
Ekaterina Samsonov ... Angie
Hannah Marks ... Ella
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crímenes y virtudes See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,747, 10 January 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,386, 31 January 2016
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film wasn't announced by trade publications until after college students spotted Kristen Stewart filming on their campus in New York City. See more »

Quotes

Allie: Well, like you say mom. Smart people, girls especially, are all fucked up.
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Soundtracks

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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Beautifully Done!
23 April 2015 | by slidingstageSee all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing Anesthesia at it's world premier at the TriBeCa film festival last night and was very impressed. Ensemble cast, multiple narratives and an "anemic" budget makes pulling this off quite difficult. But, they did. The stories develop well, come together when necessary but not to a point to where it comes off as a gimmick. And where the film could get have gotten lost in it's ambition, it still takes time for humor and delivers a story with an arc that's quite compelling. Tim Blake Nelson knew how far to take it, but also didn't get too deep into the weeds or over indulgent with his impressive cast.

Honest filmmaking, deliberate performances and the best setting in the world make Anesthesia well worth checking out. Enjoy!


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