The story of two emergency medical technicians, Tom, an earnest and seemingly innocent young man from Pennsylvania who has moved to Los Angeles where he lands this intense and challenging job; and Jimmy, his unflappable and reliable veteran partner.
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This is a really good underseen film about a couple of drugged-out paramedics and their downward spirals into addiction. It's somewhat similar to the Martin Scorsese film 'Bringing Out the Dead' which came out the very same year. I don't think 'Broken Vessels' is quite as good as 'Bringing Out the Dead', but it's still a really good film. The actors, including future director Todd Field, do a great job.