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Format: DVD
Sku: 205838844
UPC: 025195026987
UPC 14: 00025195026987
Rating: UR
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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.

"...a quietly moving film about alienation and connection...[with] several superb performances.  Jamie Tipps, Film Threat
"...a pleasant surprise. It provides an interesting and intimate snapshot of the life of everyday people in New York City.  Peter Sciretta, Slash Film

Editor's Note
Even surrounded by Manhattan's millions, New Yorkers are just as likely to feel lonely as people who live in literal isolation. Heather Graham, Victor Rasuk, and Dominic Chianese star in this drama about three city dwellers whose lives are intertwined in unexpected ways.


Video Features DVD, Unrated

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/27/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 91 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 68103408
Video UPC UPC: 00025195026987
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Elizabeth Pena
Video Cast Info Heather Graham
Video Cast Info Victor Rasuk
Video Cast Info William Baldwin
Video Cast Info Alfredo De Villa - Director
Video Cast Info Alfredo De Villa - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Charlotte Bourke - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Chris Romano - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info John Coniglio - Editor
Video Cast Info John Foster - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Joshua Blum - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael A. Levine - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Nat Moss - Screenplay


Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name Sundance Film Festival, Alfredo De Villa, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic

Professional Reviews

Variety 7 of 10
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. - Dennis Harvey

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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