When a spirited elderly widow invites a homeless, drug-addicted musician to stay with her on her vintage sailboat, the two must overcome their differences and haunting pasts to realize that each holds the key to the other's life dream.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elaine Partnow ... Fall
Jesse Pepe ... Adam
Hossein Mardani ... Mohammad
Alain Ali Washnevsky ... Saeed (as Alain Washnevsky)
Sadie Johannsson ... Janet
Jon Briddell ... David
Indie Hill Indie Hill ... Grace
Daniel Mentz Daniel Mentz ... Ethan
Lydia Muijen ... Rhonda
Shane Alexander ... Rob
Alisa Vilena ... Hannah
Chen Chen Julian ... Customer
Edward Mkhitaryan ... Customer
Jazz Hill Jazz Hill ... Grace's Sister
Joan Marlowe Joan Marlowe ... Nursing Home Resident


Fall, a spirited elder living on a sailboat, encounters little companionship in this turbulent world. When she meets Adam, a young and hopeless street musician, she buys his keyboard under the pretense of wanting to learn piano. Suspicious and wary, Adam agrees and soon finds himself trapped in a floating home with one audacious lady. Written by Slipaway

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Two Destinies. One Boat.




Did You Know?


Slipaway is an official consideration for the 90th Academy Awards in all categories, including:
  • Best Original Song (Julia Butler & Daniel Mentz)
  • Best Original Score (Tao Liu)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role (Elaine Partnow)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jesse Pepe)
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Adam: It's a little cheesy, don't you think?
Fall: Cheesy? Well, guess that means my whole life has been... cheesy.
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Elaine Partnow is stellar in the role
31 July 2020 | by loberSee all my reviews

Slipaway was a joyful surprise - I don't know of any film like it. The relationship between the older woman and the young man was so natural, and so nuanced, so authentic. Elaine Partnow is amazing in the role, and Jesse Pepe is perfect as her friend and confidante. The relationship with the family is natural too - annoyed, impatient with the difficulties of aging and loss of independence. Even the aging, courageous woman: so tough, so smart, so independent - she won't last forever. Bravo to the writers and to the directors, crew and actors for giving us such an important view into the future of all of us.

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Release Date:

23 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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