Adrift in Manhattan

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A lush meditation on isolation and intersection in the big city, Alfredo de Villa's Adrift in Manhattan is the layered story of three characters who find courage to move to the next stage of life through profound encounters with strangers they meet on their daily routes.

Rose, an optometrist paralyzed by crushing grief after the death of her infant, has built a wall around herself, unable to relate to her estranged husband or anyone else. When an elderly patient, a painter losing his eyesight, begins to visit her office unannounced, Rose registers how alone he is, urging him to reach out and ask for help--something neither does easily. Meanwhile Simon, a late-blooming teenager with an overbearing mother, photographs people at a distance with a borrowed long lens. One day, Rose, beautiful and melancholy in a vibrant scarf, comes into focus in his camera sight. The pictures he shoots become a conduit for each of them to touch something deep within and expand their confining existence.

With raw, exacting performances by a top-notch cast, including Heather Graham, Dominic Chianese, Elizabeth Pena, and Victor Rasuk (of Raising Victor Vargas fame), Adrift in Manhattan wields fertile metaphors and a sophisticated sense of psychology to penetrate the subtle process of human transformation and the possibilities for meaningful interchange lying dormant in contemporary urban life.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 205838844
UPC 025195026987
UPC 14 00025195026987
Format DVD
Release Date 10/27/2009
Rating UR
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Alfredo De Villa - Director
Alfredo De Villa - Based On Story By
Charlotte Bourke - Production Designer
Chris Romano - Executive Producer
Elizabeth Pena - Actor
Heather Graham - Actor
John Coniglio - Editor
John Foster - Cinematographer
Joshua Blum - Producer
Michael A. Levine - Original Music By
Nat Moss - Screenplay
Victor Rasuk - Actor
William Baldwin - Actor
Nominee (2007) Sundance Film Festival, Alfredo De Villa, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
ReviewSource Variety
Review Several lonely big-city lives intersect to a somewhat cathartic effect in "Adrift in Manhattan," Alfredo de Villa's ("Washington Heights") second feature. A delicate piece with good performances and an intriguing enough setup, the drama ultimately doesn't go anywhere definite or distinctive enough to leave a lasting impression...With nearly everyone here grieving over some past or imminent loss, "Adrift" has the slightly over-familiar, borderline pretentious feel of so many melancholic criss-crossers a la "Magnolia" and "Crash," which tether together disparate characters in service of a vague but important lament/prayer for humanity...Fortunately, de Villa, co-scenarist Nat Moss and their actors favor thoughtful restraint over histrionics or gratuitous auteurial dazzle, lending the pic a quiet involvement and sufficient credibility. On the downside, a satisfying payoff never quite arrives...Production package is modest but nicely turned, with Michael A. Levine's score striking the right balance between sorrowful, tense and ethereal moods.
Reviewer Dennis Harvey
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Unrated
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Jamie Tipps, Film Threat ...a quietly moving film about alienation and connection...[with] several superb performances.
Peter Sciretta, Slash Film ...a pleasant surprise. It provides an interesting and intimate snapshot of the life of everyday people in New York City.

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