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Adrift In Manhattan [DVD] [2007]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The city of 8 million, and in this city Simon, Rose, and Tomás are lonely and lost souls. Their lives become entwined and we begin to see the souls of the lost.

Rose is an optometrist who has lost her two year old son who fell out of an open window. She can never forgive herself so can anyone else? She has separated from her husband and he wants to find his way back, but Rose?

Simon is a young man interested in photography,working in a photo shop and one day he sees Rose and starts photographing her. She becomes an obsession and he follows her. Simon lives with his alcoholic mother and life is difficult for them both.

Tomás is a painter and works as a mailman at a business. Rose has just told him that he is going blind. He has no family or close friends. But he is interested in a younger co-worker and their relationship takes hold.

These three people live along the 1/9 subway line and much of the story takes place in the subway. We see Rose getting off the subway and having coffee in the park before she goes to work. Simon is following her and Tomas is having increased difficulty with his vision. He cannot see to paint and he cannot tell his new love he is going blind.

Each of them is existing in a place of their own and none can ask for help. It is only when Rose confronts Simon that something changes. Rose also talks and advises Tomas about his disease and his new relationship. This contact with each other brings them back into the world and their lives can move on, to what, we are not sure.

I found Heather Graham as Rose lacking in emotion. I did not feel her pain as much as sense it, and she was unable to connect with me. Simon was excellent in his portrayal as the confused teenager. And, Tomas was superb in his role as the painter lost in his blindness.

This film was a nice surprise but in saying this, the film did not go anywhere. We are left to suppose and I want to suppose all is right in the world.

Recommended. prisrob 02-10-08
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 April 2011
If seeing Heather Graham in the buff is enough for your viewing entertainment then give this a go, but even with that considerable virtue I struggled to locate my interest in this tale of troubled people at different stages of their lives. Paths cross, entangle and things change, sort of.

Cut away the words 'adrift' and 'in' and what have you got? The name of another NYC movie which is vastly superior. Why not buy that instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2015
I bought Adrift In Manhattan straight after seeing a trailer for it on another DVD. I dare say that many of us will have seen trailers where they show the best bits of an otherwise dull film so there is always that risk. But with Adrift in Manhattan the trailer showed, perhaps, some of the bits of an all round very good film – so the impulse paid off for me.

Directed by Alfredo De Villa who had the original idea for the story of the film and with a cast that includes Victor Rasuk, Richard Petrocelli, Heather Graham and Elizabeth Peña amongst others, this is a beautifully crafted film about some people in New York who have common albeit indirect connections with each other.

The film has some great music – the opening scenes have some wonderful piano and acoustic guitar music playing and this is also heard at other times. Alfredo De Villa has made great use of photography in the telling of the story, that together with a great cast and a good story I found this to be a very enjoyable and realistic film.

There really is some great acting in this film and the narrative is given to us with the help of some great lines that are delivered very convincingly.

This is not big budget Hollywood (and all the better for it), and I would say that the film should appeal to anyone who appreciates independent films with good acting and convincing storytelling.

Adrift In Manhattan won several awards, including awards at: Sundance Film Festival Narrative Feature Competition, Indianapolis International Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival (Best Ensemble Cast) and the San Diego Film Festival (Best Direction).

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Adrift In Manhattan (1 hour 26 min)
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Audio Options (English 2.0 Stereo or English 5.1 Surround)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Being a fan of Heather Graham, i was intersted in the film,for the duration it plods and only 'gels' towards the end. The acting is first rate well matched to there roles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2015
So many people are lonely in big cities, and their lives can be tragic in many forms. The film expresses the strong desire to make a connection, even when you are not sure how. Contact with someone when life has dealt you a blow, even a stranger can give you a new perspective. Those reviews that suggest the film is boring and did not end as they expected, need to understand that it was left to the viewer to see beyond that. Rose will learn to live with her grief. Tomaz will swallow his pride, and Simon has decided to live his own life in full colour rather than black and white. Talk to strangers is my advice they often make you feel so much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2015
What is this film about exactly? There doesn't seem to be a central story; the characters are one-dimensional and the way their lives intertwine seems forced. The film initially grabs your interest, but then, just as Tomaso's paintings, it gradually begins to lose focus. The acting is fairly good, but there isn't much to hold your attention. This could easily have been developed into a gripping story, had the characters been given more depth. It all resembles a rough sketch, drawn quickly on a piece of paper, snatched by the wind, cast adrift in the waters of Manhattan...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2015
Sorry I watched it. After a slightly interesting start it turned into a low-budget and uninspired plot desperately trying to draw connections between unlikely and unbelievable characters. The film contains inexplicable allusions to incestuous drunken mother, and unnecessary soft porn scenes with an older woman and the young "stalking" photographer. No idea what the story was supposed to be about but oh, it's all good - they live happily ever after and the boy even gets a new red coat. Booooo - a DON'T WATCH
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2015
have to say i went on the reviews and was not impressed. i was not expecting it to end like that and found it slightly uncomfortable to watch.
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on 28 December 2014
Very dissapointing end to what sounded like a good movie. The actors did very well in their roles but the storyline let them down and there just was a very unconclusive and ill timed ending.
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on 23 January 2015
Why did heather graham make this film I ask? The filming us nice and Heather great to look at but the rest of the characters are dull. Story rubbish.
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