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The Time Being (2012)

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An artist meets a mysterious and wealthy benefactor and their relationship is not what it appears to be.


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An artist meets a mysterious and wealthy benefactor and their relationship is not what it appears to be.

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Warner Dax: There's a part of me that feels a man has gotta just do the thing that wakes him up in the middle of the night - thinks he can't live without - he can't survive without.
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An artfully shot film exploring the psyche of a painter balancing family and art
14 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Time Being is a meditation and a gentle character study. The director manages to capture a mood without too much dialogue. Frank Langella is as usual masterful in the role of a dying man who commissions a down-on-his-luck painter (Wes Bentley), sending him on strange assignments filming sunrises, sunsets and children playing in a playground. The mystery eventually reveals itself leading the painter to seek balance between his family life and his art. The visuals and production design are stunning as are the transitions of swirling paint in water. I saw this film at the Toronto Film Festival and the audience response was very positive. This is an art-house film that won't disappoint.

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