Choking Man

3 out of 5 stars
Inspired in roughly equal parts by the ethnic diversity of Jamaica, Queens, and the ubiquitous Heimlich-maneuver poster, Choking Man is the story of young Jorge (Gómez Berríos), a painfully shy (and nearly mute) Ecuadoran dishwasher with an unrequited crush on a recently arrived Chinese waitress (Yuan). This oddball neighborhood indie is an unusual blend of workaday realism and amateurish Catholic psychodrama, with a splash of animation thrown in for good measure. The movie’s at its best when at its most casual.

By: Joshua Land


Release details

Rated: NR
Release date: Friday November 9 2007
Duration: 84 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Steve Barron
Screenwriter: Steve Barron
Cast: Octavio Gómez Berríos
Eugenia Yuan
Aaron Paul
Mandy Patinkin
Kate Buddeke