Movie: Stay

2005 STAY Read the NewsBack

Cast:
Ryan Gosling as Henry Letham
Ewan McGregor as Dr. Sam Foster
Naomi Watts as Lila Culpepper
Bob Hoskins as Dr. Leon Patterson
Janeane Garofalo as Dr. Beth Levy
Elizabeth Reaser as Athena
B.D. Wong as Dr. Bradley Ren
Kate Burton as Maureen Letham
Director: Marc Forster
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Plot:
The film opens with a car crash on Brooklyn Bridge, and introduces Henry Letham , a survivor of the crash, sitting, unharmed, next to a burning car on the bridge.
Later Henry, who is a college student and aspiring artist meet his new psychiatrist Sam Foster. Henry mentions that he sometimes hears voices, and seems able to predict future events and tells  Sam of his plans to kill himself that Saturday at midnight.
Sam investigates Henry's circumstances in an effort to help.  Henry, who had earlier claimed to have killed both of his parents, has his account contradicted by Sam when finds Henry's mother and her dog living in a bare house, confused about Sam's identity (she insists that he is Henry) and refuses to respond to his questions. Henry's mother insists on feeding Sam, but when she opens the fridge it is completely empty. Her head starts bleeding and when Sam attempts to help her, her dog bites him.
At the clinic, whilst having his dog-bitten arm treated, Sam discusses the visit with a present police officer (Michael Gaston) who is curious as to why he would visit that house. Sam explains what happened, but the police officer tells him that he had attended the funeral for woman who lived there years ago. This seems to send Sam into a fugue in which the same scene and dialogue is repeated several times.
Later, Sam contacts a waitress named Athena,  whom Henry has mentioned that he had fallen in love with. She is an aspiring actress and he meets her at a script reading where she is reading lines from Hamlet with another man. She agrees to take him to Henry, but after a long trip down winding staircases he loses her. When he gets back to the rehearsal room, she is there reading the same lines as when he first met her.
The search continues until 11:33 pm on Saturday, less than half an hour before Henry plans to kill himself. At a bookshop known to have been frequented by Henry, Sam finds a painting that Henry had painted and bartered for books about Henry's favorite artist. He learns that the artist had killed himself on Brooklyn Bridge, on his twenty-first birthday. Henry's twenty-first birthday is Sunday, and Sam realizes that Henry plans to commit suicide on Brooklyn Bridge in imitation of the artist.
Sam finds Henry on the Brooklyn Bridge in a physical atmosphere that is increasingly unraveling. After failing to dissuade Henry, Sam turns away as Henry puts the gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger.
The car crash of the first scene is then reprised. And.......



Cast:
Ryan Gosling as Henry Letham
Ewan McGregor as Dr. Sam Foster
Naomi Watts as Lila Culpepper
Bob Hoskins as Dr. Leon Patterson
Janeane Garofalo as Dr. Beth Levy
Elizabeth Reaser as Athena
B.D. Wong as Dr. Bradley Ren
Kate Burton as Maureen Letham
Director: Marc Forster
IMDb

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