Adrift in Manhattan
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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Interesting story line that kept my interest. Heather Graham portrayed the tortured mother well and made her actions understandable.Published 1 month ago by Penny
This is an R explicit sex. But the story around three people, that intertwine.Published 1 month ago by patsy
Parts of this film are so good that one can overlook the weaker scenes. It seriously fluctuates between a 3 and a 5 star movie.Published 6 months ago by lp2013