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Time Out of Mind

Time Out of Mind - 2014


The similarities between this film and the first one I reviewed are obvious. They have both actors I admire and whose work I haven't quite saw yet. They are both about homelessness, and they are both in New York city. Despite that they are different films. Time Out of Mind have a particularity that I haven't seen in most films of this kind, the author didn't romanticize the character difficult situation. We have Richard Gere as George, a homeless man, lost is job, house, wife and daughter. He ghosts New York corners and park benches, sells is jacket to buy a six-pack, have a hard time falling asleep in the hard benches around the city, wakes up without shoes, kids took them for the fun of it, so he sleeps during the day riding the subway trains, is waken up so people can take his picture while he doesn't have any cloths on. This man doesn't have a place to go during the day, isn't an artist, a intelectual, neither a spiritual enlightened person, a very unattractive character the author created, not romanticized in any way, just the raw reality, I liked that. One of the major differences between The Saint of Forth Washington and this film, is that the first one tried to show us the humanity, solidarity shared by those in the worsts situations and the lack of it in those who aren't in bad situations, this film is the exact opposite, shows the bureaucracy of the system, yes, shows some people swimming in that bureaucracy, yes, but also show us samaritans that really wanna to help without asking anything in return. Also emphasizes the mental health condition of this homeless community, a community that is not as close as we might think they are, and that's the point of the film in a way, they are a ghost. The soundtrack was alright, very soft, not trying to dramatize anything. The cinematography is what really got me, they used stationary shots, filming behind something, a wall, a window, zooming until reaching the character, the character is not highlighted, in some scenes you see a crowd and you don't know where the character is, the camera is slowly zooming until you finally see him, in some scenes you only see the character in the background, while you are watching a stranger, someone without relevance for the plot having a conversation, this technique is crucial to elevate what I believe is the main subject of this film, insignificance. This is a character tormented by lost, by meaning nothing, he still believe is going to find his death wife, his been in the streets for ten years but he refuses to call himself a homeless, when he notices that people simply disappear in that city without anyone having any remembrance of who they were, he tries to conquer his daughter affection.