Numb (film)

Numb (film)

Original poster
Directed by Harris Goldberg
Produced by Kirk Shaw
Written by Harris Goldberg
Starring Matthew Perry
Lynn Collins
Mary Steenburgen
Kevin Pollak
Music by Ryan Shore
Cinematography Eric Steelberg
Editing by Jeff Wishengrad
Distributed by Image Entertainment
Release date(s) April 18, 2008 Canada
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Numb is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Harris Goldberg. According to an interview with Goldberg on a bonus feature of the DVD release, he was inspired to write the screenplay by his own experience battling depersonalization disorder and clinical depression.



When modestly successful screenwriter Hudson Milbank descends into a strange mood in which he feels detached from the world around him and unable to connect with his surroundings, either physically or emotionally, he attributes it to a night of excessive cannabis use. His writing partner Tom is disturbed by the sudden change in Hudson's demeanor and urges him to seek psychiatric help.

Dr. Townsend diagnoses his condition as depersonalization disorder and prescribes various medications, and when nothing seems to help Hudson consults Dr. Richmond, who also sees drugs as the solution.

Hudson meets Sara, a beautiful young woman who finds him attractive and appealing and decides to introduce him to as many positive and compelling experiences as possible. Also trying to help him is yet another psychiatrist, Dr. Blaine, who initially resists his advances but ultimately has an affair with him before revealing she has serious issues of her own that require professional attention.



The film was shot on location in Vancouver and other locations in British Columbia's Lower Mainland, including Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and Langley.


The music was composed by Ryan Shore. The soundtrack includes songs by The Dandy Warhols, Ivy, Iron & Wine, Elliott Smith, Blondie, and Doves.

Official soundtrack:

  1. Ryan Shore – "Numb" 1:48
  2. Ryan Shore – "Sara" 2:25
  3. Ryan Shore – "Childhood" 1:24
  4. Ryan Shore – "Anti-Psychotic" 2:15
  5. Ryan Shore – "Cafe" 0:50
  6. Ryan Shore – "Chasing Sara" 2:36
  7. Ryan Shore – "Hospital Testing" 0:55
  8. Ryan Shore – "Winding the Watch" 1:49
  9. Ryan Shore – "Dad" 0:58
  10. Ryan Shore – "Jail" 1:55

Soundtrack from titles:

  1. The Dandy Warhols – "Cool Scene"
  2. Ivy – "Edge Of The Ocean (Duotone mix)"
  3. Ryan Shore – "Libman"
  4. The Dandy Warhols – "Get Off"
  5. Ivy – "Thinking About You"
  6. Iron & Wine – "Naked As We Came"
  7. Ryan Shore – "Sally's Gift"
  8. Elliott Smith – "Say Yes"
  9. Iron & Wine – "Each Coming Night"
  10. The Doves – "Caught By The River"
  11. Blondie – "Rapture"
  12. The Dandy Warhols – "Bohemian Like You"
  13. The Dandy Warhols – "Godless"
  14. Elliott Smith – "Wouldn't Mama Be Proud"
  15. Ryan Shore – "Numb"


The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was shown at several other festivals, including Marché du Film, the Austin Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Sedona International Film Festival before going into limited theatrical release in Canada on April 18, 2008. The DVD was released in the US on May 13.


Harris Goldberg won the Gen Art Chicago Audience Award at the Gen Art Film Festival, and Ryan Shore was honored for Outstanding Achievement in Film Music at the Park City International Music Festival.

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