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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 6.2/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Tim Blake Nelson

Stars: David Aaron Baker, Derrick Baskin, Jacqueline Baum

Philosophy professor Walter Zarrow is wounded during a mugging. In an effort to escape he rings buzzers indiscriminately, waking Sam, a middle aged father of two having an affair in the city. Sam reluctantly answers Zarrow's pleas, and Zarrow loses consciousness in his arms. Through an exploration of why these men, along with the mugger, and an addict named Joe, come together, we explore New York City. The experience of Zarrow, Sam, Joe and Zarrow's assailant ripple quickly out to include the connected lives of a housewife struggling with alcoholism, a stoner teen desperate to lose his virginity, a brilliant but failed writer fighting addiction, two parents confronting the prospect of terminal illness, and a brilliant grad student who wounds herself to feel alive.

David Aaron Baker - Devlin
Derrick Baskin - Medical Examiner
Jacqueline Baum - Allie
Ana Marie Calise - Student (as Ana Marie Proulx)
J. Bernard Calloway - Cedar Lemons
Katie Chang - Amy
Erica Cho - Teacher
Glenn Close - Marcia Zarrow
Scott Cohen - Dr. Laffer
Philip Ettinger - Roger
K. Todd Freeman - Joe
Ivan Goris - Ignacio
Natasha Gregson Wagner - Marta
Jessica Hecht - Jill
Korey Jackson - Actor

Taglines: Who we don't know can save us

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

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User Review


Rating: 8/10

I had the pleasure of seeing Anesthesia at it's world premier at the TriBeCa film festival last night and was very impressed. Ensemble cast, multiple narratives and an "anemic" budget makes pulling this off quite difficult. But, they did. The stories develop well, come together when necessary but not to a point to where it comes off as a gimmick. And where the film could get have gotten lost in it's ambition, it still takes time for humor and delivers a story with an arc that's quite compelling. Tim Blake Nelson knew how far to take it, but also didn't get too deep into the weeds or over indulgent with his impressive cast.

Honest filmmaking, deliberate performances and the best setting in the world make Anesthesia well worth checking out. Enjoy!


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