Drowning on Dry Land

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  • R
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 5.2  (234)

Drowning on Dry Land is a suspenseful drama released in 1999, directed by Carl Colpaert and starring Barbara Hershey, Naveen Andrews, and John Doe. The movie tells a compelling story of a successful novelist, Fran, who is struggling with her personal life after her husband left her for a younger woman. At the beginning of the movie, Fran is seen as an accomplished writer with a routine life. However, her world is turned upside down when her husband, Richard, walks out on her without explanation. Fran is left reeling, and she turns to alcohol to numb her pain. Despite her attempts at coping, Fran eventually hits rock bottom and becomes suicidal.

Things take a turn for the better when she meets a man named Manny (played by Naveen Andrews) at a bookstore. He offers her a chance to escape her life, and she takes him up on his offer. They set out on a cross-country adventure, and Fran starts to realize that life has more to offer her than her boring, unfulfilling routines. Manny enlivens her spirit and helps her to feel alive again.

As Fran and Manny's journey continues, they develop a deep connection. Meanwhile, Richard is trying to win Fran back and begins to stalk her, which heightens the suspense in the plot. Fran's life becomes more complicated as she tries to deal with the unstable Richard while navigating her budding romance with Manny.

The movie is largely character-driven, and it’s the performances by Barbara Hershey, Naveen Andrews, and John Doe that make the film so gripping. Each actor brings depth and nuance to their characters, making them feel real and relatable.

Barbara Hershey delivers an excellent performance as Fran, imbuing the character with a range of emotions, from despair to hope. Naveen Andrews shines as Manny, bringing a much-needed lightness to the film. John Doe, meanwhile, plays the disturbed Richard chillingly, making the character uneasy to watch.

The movie's cinematography is hauntingly beautiful, and the camera captures the locations in a way that suggests that there's nowhere to escape. The soundtrack is also noteworthy, with music that underscores the film's tone and themes.

Overall, Drowning on Dry Land is a compelling drama that explores the complexities of life through nuanced characters and a captivating plot. It's a film that examines the human experience of love, loss, and hope in ways that are relatable and memorable. The movie is a must-watch for fans of psychological dramas that delve into the human psyche.

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    1 hr 30 min
  • IMDB Rating
    5.2  (234)