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RIVETING. A strong ensemble of interlocking lives. This film demands to be taken very seriously.

— Dan Callahan, The Wrap

HEARTFELT.

— John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

A finely acted, tender drama. 'Anesthesia' comes from the heart, as few films do these days.

— David D’Arcy, Screen International

May be Kristen Stewart’s best performance yet.

— Casey Cipriani, Indiewire

EMOTIONAL, CAPTIVATING, AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING. Stewart exposes herself in a deeply personal and touching manner. Part love letter to New York, part meditation on the difficulties of city life.

— Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

Presented by IFC Films | United States | Jan 8th, 2016 | 90 MINS | NR

A snowy New York City night, a beloved teacher, a shocking crime: this provocative drama pieces together the puzzle of a man’s life just before it changes forever. While on his way home one evening, Walter Zarrow (Sam Waterston), a popular Columbia University philosophy professor, is violently attacked on the street. Flash back one week, as actor-director Tim Blake Nelson traces the domino effect of events that led up to this seemingly senseless assault. Along the way, hidden connections between a seemingly disparate group of people—including a self-destructive student (Kristen Stewart), a hard-drinking suburban housewife (Gretchen Mol), and a desperate junkie (K. Todd Freeman)—emerge, forming a complex, engrossing mosaic of lost souls united by tragedy. The stellar ensemble cast includes Glenn Close and Michael K. Williams.

Director

  • Tim Blake Nelson

Producers

  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • Julie Anne Buck
  • Joshua Hetzler
  • John Molli

Writer

  • Tim Blake Nelson