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Adrift in Manhattan

Adrift in Manhattan

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Director: Alfredo de Villa

Cast: Heather Graham, William Baldwin, Dominic Chianese


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Adrift in Manhattan, the third feature effort of Hispanic writer/director Alfredo de Villa (Washington Heights, Yellow), intercuts three intensely dramatic stories of life during a cold New York winter, each of which revolves around the concept (and thematic motif) of vision. In the first, an eye doctor grieving


Adrift in Manhattan, the third feature effort of Hispanic writer/director Alfredo de Villa (Washington Heights, Yellow), intercuts three intensely dramatic stories of life during a cold New York winter, each of which revolves around the concept (and thematic motif) of vision. In the first, an eye doctor grieving from a traumatic loss (Heather Graham) must reexamine her life and priorities; in the second, an artist of advanced age must contend with encroaching blindness -- thus losing the one of his five senses that represents his greatest asset; in the third, a photographer grapples with inner turmoil. De Villa brings these stories together for an unanticipated intersection on a Manhattan subway line, and watches as these individuals -- initially, complete strangers to one another -- help to guide each other through their struggles, pain, and angst. William Baldwin and Erika Michaels co-star.

Product Details

Release Date:
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Screen Media
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Heather Graham Rose Phipps
William Baldwin Mark Phipps
Dominic Chianese Tommaso Pensara
Victor Rasuk Simon Colon
Erika Michels Claire Phipps
Richard Petrocelli Mr. Sneider
Marlene Forte Marta Colon
Elizabeth Peña Isabel Parades
Nicole Leach Melanie
Liam De Villa Casey
Karina Arroyave Christina
Keren Perilman Jen
Alexis Smith Yvette
Felix Solis Rolando
Jaime Tirelli Ad Agency Worker
Teddy Coluca Jimmy
Tony Chiroldes Patient
Marti Vendetti Clinic Receptionist #2
Nicole Kohnen Clinic Receptionist #1
Frank Picarazzi Subway Musician
Damian Porter Drew
Adrianna Bremont Becca
Anthony Cirillo Carlitos

Technical Credits
Alfredo de Villa Director,Original Story
Glenn Abbot Associate Producer
Jamie Askin Associate Producer
Joshua Blum Producer
Charlotte Bourke Production Designer
J.A. Bremont Executive Producer
Stephen J. Brown Producer
Mikey Carr Co-producer
Ben Coen Executive Producer
John Coniglio Editor
Todd Courtney Executive Producer
Neil Daly Asst. Director
Zeke Dunn Asst. Director
Alex Flores Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Allan Foster Co-producer
John Foster Cinematographer
Robert Harding Associate Producer
G. Michael Harris Executive Producer
Amy Hobby Executive Producer
Steven Holtzman Associate Producer
Ian Jessel Producer
Susan Leber Co-producer
Michael A. Levine Score Composer
Alex Menck Musical Direction/Supervision
Jose Molinari-Rosaly Associate Producer
Nat Moss Screenwriter
Jijo Reed Executive Producer
Barry Jay Reiss Executive Producer
Julia Michelle Santiago Costumes/Costume Designer
Dave Scoggin Executive Producer
Tonko Soljan Associate Producer
Adrienne Stern Casting
R. Russell Stratton Associate Producer
David Streefkerk Sound Editor
Mark Yeh Executive Producer
Bobby Yoshizumi Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Adrift in Manhattan
1. Pictures Tell the Story [6:52]
2. Lives Entwined [7:27]
3. Curious Attraction [6:31]
4. In the Cards [6:30]
5. Peeping Simon [8:12]
6. What Else Do I Need? [6:04]
7. Let's Dance [8:32]
8. Someone Else [9:06]
9. Families [10:32]
10. Bad Lover [7:17]
11. Life Continues [7:39]
12. End Credits [5:35]


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Adrift in Manhattan 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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). The threads of coincidence begin to tie these people together when Simon begins to photograph Rose in a manner that resembles stalking, when Tommaso notices and desires and older lady at his workplace, Isabel Parades (Elizabeth Peña) and is encouraged by Dr Rose to share his potential blindness with this friend, and when Rose explores the attention Simon bestows on her, filling an emotional need for both parties. Naturally the development of these intersections is more complex but at the same time the manner in which they develop is very tender and gentle. Some viewers may find the film meandering a bit too much: this is not linear storytelling but rather shifts in incidents and moods and gradual changes that occur among these simple but needy people, much like the coincidences and random kindnesses occur to the sensitive eye. The cast is very fine and the cinematography and musical score sustain the mood of the piece. This film requires involvement on the part of the viewer, and that involvement has its rewards. Grady Harp