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Adrift in Manhattan

3.0 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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From award-winning director Alfredo De Villa comes a moving and heart wrenching film centering on a beautiful and mysterious doctor (Heather Graham), a young photographer (Victor Rasuk) who becomes infatuated with her, and her patient (Dominic Chianese), a painter going blind. A sexy and suspenseful ride through the city - Adrift in Manhattan is an intricately woven, award-winning film that critics have been raving about!

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  • Actors: Victor Rasuk, Richard Petrocelli, Nicolle Rochelle, Karen Olivo, Heather Graham
  • Directors: Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa
  • Writers: Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa, Nat Moss
  • Producers: Amy Hobby, Barry Jay Reiss, Brian Liebman, Dave Scoggin, G. Michael Harris
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, Dolby, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WTZ6S0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Adrift in Manhattan" on IMDb

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 5, 2008
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Though there have been many films of late that address the issues of the isolation of the individual in a society increasingly settling for homogeneity, few have the honesty and simplicity of presentation as Alfredo De Villa's ADRIFT IN MANHATTAN. Perhaps the reason this film works so well is that instead of dealing with the usual tropes, De Villa restricts his story to three individuals who are suffering isolation in the noise and autonomy of New York City and are thus 'adrift' in a life that seems flat and without a beacon of hope. The story De Villa weaves is one of interaction of these characters by almost serendipitous incidents, moments that change their lives - at least for a while.

Teenager Simon Colon (Victor Rasuk) lives with his overbearing mother Marta (Marlene Forte) and gets through his life almost without speaking, working in a camera shop, spending his idle hours photographing people in the park. Tommaso Pensara (Dominic Chianese) is an elderly painter and music lover who lives alone and supports himself by being the 'mail boy' in a large firm: his loneliness is heightened when he discovers he has macular degeneration and will go blind. The physician who makes his diagnosis is Dr. Rose Phipps (Heather Graham) who is grieving from the recent death of her 2-year old child and is unable to continue her marriage to literature professor Mark Phipps (William Baldwin).
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A diverse group of city dwellers, mostly decent and talented people, are experiencing or have already suffered an extreme loss; among them: a beautiful and sad doctor who blames herself for the loss of her son; her poetry professor husband from whom she is estranged; a 20 year old talented b/w photographer who is transfixed by a multi-colored scarf; his warped, to the point of incestuous, mother ( she not one of the decent ones); an aging painter, enthusiast of the opera and symphony, who is going blind, and the sage loving woman who works by his side. All search for or dare not hope for ways to fill in the empty spaces, as they weave in and out of each other's lives. All the acting is first rate. The writing, directing, filming, editing, music, etc. are so fluidly and adeptly mastered that all the complexity of characters, plot and subplots advance without a hitch. All filmmaking disciplines are in sync.
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File this one away under films you never heard of but somehow but chance came across it and said "why not" It certainly has the elements that attract me to great films. Heather Graham has aged beautifully and is amazing as the lead. You have the sense as you watch that something big is being weaved together. It gets stranger and stranger. And, then, suddenly it seems to have ended before that big ending you thought was coming. In my case, I was kind of tired when I watched it, so I just chalked it up to the film being a little flat. That was till the next day when I pondered the whole thing and it became clear. It isn't anything overt. But the message is about liberation. I have now seen it 4 times and pick up more and more with each viewing. Those who don't get it should go back. Just like in life, sometimes it is the small things that have the greatest impact. Bravo.
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The box says this movie is "unrated" but it should just be honest and say "Rated R for strong deviant graphic sexuality" so people who are not into that would have some idea they might want to skip this one.

The box says it is "Award Winning" but upon examination of this claim I was unable to discover what award or awards that might be.

The box says "critics have been raving" about this movie, but after watching it I am pretty sure I understand why there is no listing of any of the names of those critics.

For the most part the acting, directing and cinematography are very good and there is a sense while watching (as discussed in other reviews here) that there is a very important story being artfully woven together in an interesting and compelling way. However, by the time the telling is done, you discover that the story was not being woven, but was actually unraveling instead, as each thread of the story ends disappointingly and unsatisfyingly. I got a feeling that the moral of the story is that life has no purpose, so just give up. It is not inspiring at all, as one reviewer suggested, but instead is very, very depressing. If you are contemplating suicide and looking for a movie that will cheer you up or give you some hope, I recommend you do not watch this one.

Other reviewers have suggested that this movie reveals truths about the secret lives of disconnected people, but I hope there are not really Mothers out there who want to seduce their developmentally disabled adult children, or Mothers who have feelings of guilt over the loss of a child and who want to solve that by inviting developmentally disabled strangers to rape and otherwise hurt them.
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