Time Out of Mind

Richard Gere plays a homeless New Yorker in this absorbing tale of urban poverty.

Film Review by Ross McIndoe | 19 Feb 2016
  • Time Out of Mind
Film title: Time Out of Mind
Director: Oren Moverman
Starring: Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Strong, Yul Vazquez, Michael K. Williams, Steve Buscemi, Brian d'Arcy James, Geraldine Hughes, Colman Domingo, Danielle Brooks
Release date: 4 Mar

Homeless on the streets of Manhattan, George (Richard Gere) lives in the same city as everyone else and in an entirely different world from them. Like another dimension overlaying the one occupied by those who walk the sidewalks on their way to homes and jobs and coffee shops, George wanders the same physical space while remaining separated from the crowd.

Conversations happen all around him but always pushed off to the edge of the frame, the speakers half-obscured or altogether invisible. He’s there but no one sees him because no one wants to; even when they are forced to interact with him the disconnect remains. Without a home or a job, he doesn’t fit into the city’s machinery and spends most of the movie looking for quiet, in-between places where he can rest undisturbed.

The film captures this alienated state so completely that by the end the average citizens strolling by seem foreign – Moverman draws the viewer into George’s world so effectively that the one they really live in becomes uncanny.

Time Out of Mind screens at Glasgow Film Festival: 28 Feb, GFT, 3.45pm

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