Choking Man (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Choking Man (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Quirky animated interludes fail to lift this dull US immigrant indie out of its introverted torpid state.

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At the Olympic Diner, Jorge, the dishwasher, is choking on the American dream. Jorge is caught between his Ecuadorian roots, his new American life working at the diner for Rick and his own crippling shyness. When the diner adds a bright new member to the staff, Jorge's world gets a little more complicated as his affections grow for the new waitress, a beautiful Chinese girl named Amy.

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Cast

Paolo Andino
as Choking Man
Marika Daciuk
as Rick's Wife
Russell G. Jones
as Subway Man
Philip Levy
as Middle-Aged Customer
Oliver Barron
as Construction Worker
Ruth Jaffe
as female diner
Stewart Steinberg
as Gruff Thrift Helper
Joan Kafer
as Religious Woman
Irma St. Paule
as Female Diner's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Choking Man

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (23)

For all its concern with social and mental disintegration, Choking Man is a strangely tender film.

November 16, 2008

Despite efforts to impart a little tension and human interest, the tale is told with such discretion, it's almost anonymous.

November 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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There's a low-key New York drama lurking somewhere, but Barron can't seem to decide if he's making that or something more flashy.

November 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

The creepy and original power of the film is the schizophrenic other who taunts him when he finally crawls home to his maggoty bedsit. Weird.

November 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Some US indie films are so torpid, so pointless and so incredibly whingey that you want to reach into the screen and slap the face of everyone involved. This film, by writer-director Steve Barron, is one such.

November 14, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The film marries digicam naturalism to animated fantasy to oddsome but fascinating effect, rendering magical the inner world of the shy and almost muted Jorge. It's an unusual but valuable addition to the cinema of contemporary migration.

November 14, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Choking Man

The patiently-paced film is meant to draw us into the small community of people who work at a diner, and "touching moments" where these characters connect, are more the style than any kind of a "thriller" theme. In any case, overall it's a high quality film and well worth seeing if you get the chance, but you won't be missing much if you don't.

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