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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.

Director:

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

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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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1.85 : 1
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Kristen Stewart and Hannah Marks previously worked together on The Runaways (2010). See more »

Quotes

Joe: Simplicity of the divine.
Prof. Walter Zarrow: You've read Augustine?
Joe: Not everything.
Prof. Walter Zarrow: Don't worry. No one has.
Joe: And in translation too.
Prof. Walter Zarrow: I'd be lying if I said I didn't need a moment to process where this conversation has suddenly veered.
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Soundtracks

(Don't) Tremble
Performed by The Low Anthem
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records,
by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film and TV Licensing;
and [PIAS] Recordngs [UK] Limited t/a [PIAS] Cooperative
Written by Jocelyn Adams (as Jocelyn Jager Adams), Ben Knox Miller (as Benjamin Knox Miller), Jeff Prystowsky (as Jeffrey Carl Prystowsky)
Published by Chrysalis Music (ASCAP) / Art Boat Publishing c/o BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
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For serious movie watchers
1 July 2016 | by CincySaintSee all my reviews

While flawed, Anesthesia is better than 90% of what comes out of Hollywood. Tim Blake Nelson explores the mystery of what life is all about. There are some brilliant performances by K. Todd Freeman and Gretchen Mol. While I like Kristen Stewart (unlike most people), her part is very small although powerful and sad.

I did not love the ending but the movie is still well worth watching.

This is not a feel good, happy movie but It felt real and raw and very much what life is like. Instead of wasting two hours on a formulaic, predictable movie, try this and contemplate how beautiful, terrible, messy, and wonderful life is.


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