: : : Chelsea Walls

Story

Ethan Hawke directs this starving-artist mood piece set in a famous New York hotel. A loose collection of artists and lonely souls waft in and out of the Chelsea in what is more a slice-of-life mood piece than a drama. The film (shot entirely on digital video) is best recommended for those who still subscribe to the notion that all artists are emotional wrecks with substance-abuse problems and that this is somehow romantic. The characters speak in poetry as often as not. If you are of a poetic bent, you may find this quirk beautiful, but more prosaic souls will find it embarrassing at best. The cast, however, is excellent. Kris Kristofferson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rosario Dawson, Robert Sean Leonard, and Steve Zahn all do fine work, especially given the difficult dialogue and frequently inadequate natural lighting. Natasha Richardson gives a particularly memorable performance--sadly, her role is all too abbreviated. --Ali Davis

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Bianca HunterLorna Doone
Kevin CorriganCrutches
Rosario DawsonAudrey
Matthew Del NegroRookie Cop
Paz de la HuertaGirl
Guillermo DíazKid
Vincent D'OnofrioFrank
Kris KristoffersonBud
Robert Sean LeonardTerry Olsen
Duane McLaughlinWall
Natasha RichardsonMary
Uma ThurmanGrace
Mark WebberVal
Steve ZahnRoss
Richard LinklaterCrony 2
Ethan HawkeSam
Isaac HayesMan in Elevator

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