Adrift in Manhattan

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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 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.


Heather Graham
as Rose Phipps
William Baldwin
as Mark Phipps
Victor Rasuk
as Simon Colon
Dominic Chianese
as Tommaso Pensara
Elizabeth Peña
as Isabel Parades
Erika Michels
as Claire Phipps
Marlene Forte
as Marta Colon
Richard Petrocelli
as Mr. Sneider
Nicole Leach
as Melanie
Karina Arroyave
as Christina
Felix Solis
as Rolando
Jamie Tirelli
as Ad Agency Worker
Marti Vendetti
as Clinic Receptionist #2
Nicole Kohnen
as Clinic Receptionist #1
Frank Picarazzi
as Subway Musician
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Critic Reviews for Adrift in Manhattan

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (5)

  • You can't build a movie around lingering, soulful shots of the No. 1 train zooming up and down the West Side.

    Sep 25, 2007 | Full Review…
  • An all-too-familiar wallow in urban woe and artfully photographed isolation.

    Sep 24, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • ...overall, his [Alfredo De Villa's] latest flick is dramatically tepid.

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Adrift is a small film with great humanity and deserves a broader audience than it's likely to get.

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film's most effective moments are its quietest.

    Jan 27, 2007
  • 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.

    Jan 27, 2007

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Adrift in Manhattan

  • Jul 09, 2015
    A melancholy drama, Adrift in Manhattan is a cold and monotonous film. The story follows three New Yorkers, an artist losing his sight, a doctor who's lost her child, and an amateur photographer, who are all dealing with estrangement. Unfortunately the script is rather weak and doesn't focus on any of the characters long enough for the audience to connect with or care about them. And the directing is rather mundane, doing little to enhance the film or draw out its themes. While Adrift in Manhattan explores some interesting ideas, is poorly made and lacks a compelling story.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2010
    2 tales loosly connected, the first of a lonely eye optition, being followed by a guy taking photos, who she takes a liking to, the second a postal worker at a office, told hes going blind, tales are interesting, although not as in depth as id liked, it ends before time also, it be nice tosee another twenty mins or so,
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2010
    Very slow and a bit dull, although has it's good points. I liked the photography and special mention has to go to that dodgy mother with the 20 year old son. Ugh!
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2008
    Well acted drama. I definitely recommend this independent film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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