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Asylum (2005)

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A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband's inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.

Director:

David Mackenzie

Writers:

Patrick McGrath (novel), Patrick Marber (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Richardson ... Stella Raphael
Hugh Bonneville ... Max Raphael
Gus Lewis Gus Lewis ... Charlie Raphael
Ian McKellen ... Dr. Peter Cleave
Joss Ackland ... Jack Straffen
Wanda Ventham ... Bridie Straffen
Sarah Thurstan Sarah Thurstan ... Mrs. Rose
Alwyne Taylor Alwyne Taylor ... Monica
Maria Aitken ... Claudia Greene
Hazel Douglas ... Lilly
Anna Keaveney Anna Keaveney ... Mrs. Bain
Marton Csokas ... Edgar Stark
Robert Willox Robert Willox ... John Archer
Judy Parfitt ... Brenda Raphael
Sean Harris ... Nick
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Storyline

In the 1950s, the psychiatrist Max Raphael is hired to work as superintendent of an asylum in the outskirts of London, and he moves with his wife Stella Raphael and their son Charlie. Stella has a passionless marriage and is ignored by Max. Her boredom changes when her son befriends the handsome inmate Edgar Stark, an sculptor that in a crisis of jealousy had killed and disfigured his wife, and that is treated by Dr. Peter Cleave, an ambitious psychiatrist that aspired Max's position. During the afternoons, Stella has a hot adulterous affair with Edgar until the day he escapes and their affair is discovered. Stella has to take a decision between her family and her wild passion for Edgar. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Passion knows no boundaries. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa da Loucura See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,272, 14 August 2005

Gross USA:

$375,403

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,788,033
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The building used for the exterior and several interior shots as the "asylum" of the title is the former 3rd West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum (later re-named High Royds Hospital) at Menston, West Yorkshire. It opened in 1888, formally closed in 2003 (although many areas were disused much earlier), and was home to two thousand four hundred twenty patients at its peak. See more »

Goofs

The story is set in the Summer of 1959. The Mk II Jaguar, as used by Raphael, was only introduced for the London Show in October of that year. (Please see 'Trivia' item, also). See more »

Quotes

Max Raphael: I want you to understand what's going to happen next. The shock will wear off, and it will be replaced by a devastating grief. In time, you will come to terms with what you have done and you'll just be very, very sad. And that sadness will stay with you for the rest of your life.
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Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Ten Green Bottles
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Performed by Kidzone
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Emotionally intense
5 October 2006 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about the wife of a psychiatrist who falls in love with one of the patients in the psychiatric institution.

At the start, I thought that the scenes seem disjointed. The scenes were so short that it seems truncated and underdeveloped. However, as the film develops, the film no longer feels this way. Instead, this turns into an advantage because the scenes are only as long as they need to be, and hence the film is tight and intense, and things happen all the time. There is hardly room for the viewers to breathe!

This is an intense film with a lot of emotions. We get to see love, hate, jealousy and regret. Both the director and the actors capture the emotions in the most vivid manner that makes me feel for the characters.

The ending is rather unexpected, and the reaction of all the parties concerned in the film are also portrayed.


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