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The Key (2006)

Loosely based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's (1978 Nobel Laureate) short story, THE KEY is a dark, yet ultimately hopeful story about a detached, agoraphobic woman who gets locked out of her apartment.


Todd Kaufman


Todd Kaufman


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Shaw ... Miriam
Craig Braun ... Sam
Wallace Demarria ... Leon
Ryan Reyes ... Nephew
James Morrison ... Raymond
James Baron James Baron ... Restaurant Patron
Lisa Bojarski Lisa Bojarski ... Restaurant Patron
Scott Mann Scott Mann ... Restaurant Patron
Leah McWilliams Leah McWilliams ... Restaurant Patron
Vivian Oxford Vivian Oxford ... Restaurant Patron
Mike Pachelli ... Singing Waiter
Kurt Simmons Kurt Simmons ... Singing Waiter
Marliss Amiea ... Waitress
Dave Gist Dave Gist ... Homeless Man On Bike
Richard Wharton ... Waiter 'Tony'


THE KEY is loosely based on Nobel Laureate author Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story of the same name. It is a dark, yet ultimately hopeful story about a detached, agoraphobic woman who gets locked outside of her apartment. In a single moment her carefully fabricated world comes crashing to an end; however, that same moment ultimately leads to her redemption. Circumstances and fate intervene to provide her with the insight and human connection she will need to reconnect with the world she cast off years before. Written by Todd Kaufman

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Short | Drama



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Release Date:

29 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$48,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Key Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Color (35 mm version)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Interesting film about a woman finding her way back to life
21 September 2006 | by amber_5150See all my reviews

Very touching film. The film is beautifully shot with great attention to detail. The actors are all well cast and do great work.

High quality is the hallmark of this film.

The story is about a woman who's her husband died. She tries to ignore his death by staying in her apartment and maintaining an imaginary relationship with him. When she is inadvertently locked out of her building, she finds herself again.

Kristen Shaw did a very good job in the lead. She was able to capture the woman's fear and anxiety.

Ronald Hunter, who played the manager, did an outstanding job – would have liked to see more of him.

Todd Kaufman, the director and writer, has done a great job with an interesting subject.

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