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The Time Being

The spectacular look bestowed on Nenad Cicin-Sain's debut, "The Time Being," by d.p. Mihai Malaimare Jr. ("The Master") is symptomatic of its ills: all seductive surfaces, nothing to grab hold of.

Cast:
With: Frank Langella, Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson.

The spectacular look bestowed on Nenad Cicin-Sain’s debut, “The Time Being,” by d.p. Mihai Malaimare Jr. (“The Master”) is symptomatic of its ills: all seductive surfaces, nothing to grab hold of. As a somnambulistic Wes Bentley and a poisonous Frank Langella face off as a young artist and his older, prickly benefactor, there’s little reason to think any of it remotely true, as beautiful as it may be. Cicin-Sain generates a dark mood (and dark rooms), but the artistic subject and gothic atmosphere won’t be enough to generate arthouse interest. A plot twist comes too early; emotional payoff never arrives.

 

Artist Daniel (Bentley) can’t sell a painting, but he seems far from desperate. So it’s a wonder why he’d agree to jump through the hoops set up by Warner (Langella), a dying man who wants something very vague out of the tasks he gives the younger man (filming a gallery show in San Francisco, or a sunset in Santa Monica). It does put Daniel in the path of Sarah (Sarah Paulson), the beautiful daughter of a famous artist. But nothing remotely like a connection develops between anyone here.

The Time Being

Production: A FilmColony presentation of a Richard N. Gladstein production. (International sales: FilmColony, Los Angeles.) Produced by Richard N. Gladstein. Executive producers, Jerome Gladstein, Anthony J. Burton. Co-producer, Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer. Directed by Nenad Cicin-Sain. Screenplay, Cicin-Sain, Richard N. Gladstein.

Crew: Camera (color), Mihai Malaimare Jr.; editors, Haines Hall, Evan Schiff; music, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek; production designer, Aaron Osborne; costume designer, Van Broughton Ramsey; sound, Javier Bennassar; casting, Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Rich Delia. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Special Presentations), Sept. 13, 2012. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: With: Frank Langella, Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson.

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