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Time Out of Mind

September 10, 2015 by Alison Bailes divider image

Just as it’s easier to avert one’s eyes on the street from a passed out homeless person, or a begging vagrant, it might be tempting to avoid this effective docu-drama from Oren Moverman, the director of the equally powerful “The Messenger” and “Rampart”. But that would be a mistake. Moverman, not scared to confront searing […]


Just as it’s easier to avert one’s eyes on the street from a passed out homeless person, or a begging vagrant, it might be tempting to avoid this effective docu-drama from Oren Moverman, the director of the equally powerful “The Messenger” and “Rampart”. But that would be a mistake. Moverman, not scared to confront searing social issues, turns his camera on America’s homeless and captures a slice of life with cinema verité observational skill and documentary detail.

Richard Gere appears in the film and produces also, but it is anything but a “star” turn. Rendering himself almost invisible, Gere blurs into the fabric of the film, a moving tableau of the life of the indigent George Hammond. Filming on the streets of New York City, Moverman positions his cameraman (the inventive Bobby Bukowski) far away from his actor, capturing the teeming city and bustling crowds as they literally walk right past the movie star.  With his gray stubble and woolly beanie, Gere becomes one of the faceless, nameless unwashed. No one recognizes him as he ferrets in trash cans or pleadingly holds out a coffee cup. Continue reading here…


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