One Hour Photo

Synopsis: Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Mark Romanek
  6 wins & 21 nominations.
96 min

Turn to your right.

That's it, sir.

You're done.

Please follow

the orange line.

We processed

the roll of film

we found in your bag,

Mr. Parrish.

They're not very

pretty pictures.

Also, you left

the camera in the hotel.

We processed

that roll as well.

Can I see them?

That's not a courtesy,

Mr. Parrish.

This is evidence.

Do you guys have

your own lab...

or do you have

to send it out?

We have a lab.

Your legal aide

should be here within

Now you understand you

don't have to talk to me

until she gets here

if you don't want to.

You know that, Sy?

- Mm-hmm.

- Good.

Sy, can I ask you

one question?


What was it

about William Yorkin

that upset you so?

I mean, what did he do

to provoke all of this?

Family photos

depict smiling faces...

births, weddings, holidays...

Happy birthday!


birthday parties.

People take pictures

of the happy moments

in their lives.

Someone looking through

our photo album would conclude

that we had led a joyous,

leisurely existence...

free of tragedy.

No one ever takes

a photograph

of something

they want to forget.

Hey, we're gonna go.

Sure you

don't need my help?


Sorry, kiddo.

I gotta work.

Doesn't matter.

I'm gonna get some takeout

for dinner, okay?


- See ya.

- See ya.

Jake, are you coming

or what?

I'm coming!

There's one.


Mom, can I check out

the toys?

Just for a minute. I'm just

dropping off some film.

Make sure

you can see me, okay?


Hey, Mrs. Yorkin.

Hey, Yoshi.

How are you?

How have you been?

Long time no see.

We're doin' good,


- Got 3 rolls today.

- Okay.

Can I get that

address again?

Yes, it's 3--


I'll take care

of Mrs. Yorkin.

What have we got today?

Two rolls, and I think

I've got one

in here as well.

And can I have 2 prints

of each, please?

Leica Mini-Lux.

That's a very nice camera.

- Really?

- Mm-hmm.

Because Will's been trying

to get me to go digital--

Oh, don't do that.

I'd be out of a job.

Hey. Oh.

You have one shot left.

Oh, that's okay.

Oh, it's a shame

to waste it.

Oh, no, really,

it's fine.

Oh, no, please.

I look horrible.

How's Jake doing?

Oh, he's great.

Just had a birthday,


Oh. How old is he, 9?

That's right.

He just turned 9.

Hmm. Got a winner.


When do you need these by?

Can I have them today?

Oh. You know, we close

at 7:
00 on Sundays.

Oh, well,

it's not important.

I can--I can

swing by tomorrow.

Mrs. Yorkin, you're one

of our best customers.

I'll have 'em for you

by the time we close.

Thank you so much.

No problem.

I'll go get some

shopping done.

We'll see you

in 40 minutes.

Thanks, Sy.




You sliced through

an exposure

on that last roll, Sy.

Yes, Yoshi, I know.

I made a mistake.

Mrs. Levitt

has a problem...

offer her

a free roll of film.

All right.

I've been doing

P.O.S. mini-lab work

for over 20 years now.

I consider it

an important job.

When people's houses

are on fire...

what's the first thing

they save

after their pets

and their loved ones are safe?

The family photos.

Some people think that

this is a job for a clerk.

They actually believe

that any idiot

that attends

a 2-day seminar

can master the art

of making beautiful prints

in less than an hour.

But of course,

like most things...

there's far more to it

than meets the eye.

I've seen the prints

they fob off on people

at the Rexall or Fotek.

Milky, washed out prints.

Too dark prints.

There's no sense of reverence

for the service

they're providing for people.

I process these photos

as if they were my own.

I see someone had quite

a birthday party.

I did them

Oh, I wanted them

Um, the larger ones

are better.

I didn't charge you

extra for them.

Okay, um...

it's okay, I guess.

How much

do I owe you, Sy?

Uh, 30.06, but let's

just call it an even 30.

All right, thanks.

You know, we have a special

gift for birthday boys.


Mm-hmm. That's right.

Birthday boys

get a free camera.


what do you say?


You're welcome, buddy.

We're taking Jake to

Six Flags this weekend, so...

I'll see you very soon.

See you.

- Come on,Jake.

- Bye.

See ya,Jake.

Well, what a cool

camera, huh?


Good night, A.J.

That's just great.

Oh, look at this.

This is a great shot.

- I remember that.

- Nice truck.

Oh, you guys

are so cute.


You are so sweet.

Okay, this one's

going into the trash.

Let me see.

Oh, yeah.

Look at your face.

That's a classic.

Will, I need that back.

No, you're not

getting it back.

Will, I'm serious.

Don't give it to her.

Better give it

to her.

She's serious.

She's serious.


Told you.

Hey, how'd this one

get in here?

- Oh, that's Sy.

- Sy?

Sy, the photo guy.

Oh, yeah.

Sy took it

to finish off the roll.

I get you

anything else, Sy?

Oh, no, thanks.

Just the check's fine.

What you got there,

family photos?


Yeah? You mind

if I take a look?

Mmm, these are


That's a good shot.

These your,

uh, relations?

Yes. That's my little


He's a handsome boy.

Isn't he?

Yeah. l, uh, I got him

a camera for his birthday.

Oh. Well, you must be

his favorite uncle then.

I don't know.

Sure I can't get you

no more coffee then?

Oh, no. I'm fine, thanks.

Have a nice night now.

You, too.


What, pookie?

I feel bad for someone.

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Mark Romanek

Mark Romanek (born September 18, 1959) is an American filmmaker whose directing work includes feature films, television, music videos and commercials. Romanek wrote and directed the 2002 film One Hour Photo and directed the 2010 film Never Let Me Go. His most notable music videos include "Hurt" (Johnny Cash), "Closer" (Nine Inch Nails), "Can't Stop" (Red Hot Chili Peppers), "Bedtime Story" (Madonna), "Scream" (Michael & Janet Jackson), and “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift). Romanek's music videos have won 20 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Direction for Jay-Z's "99 Problems", and he has won three Grammy Awards for Best Short Form Music Video - more than any other director. more…

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