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The Time Being -- Struggling young artist Daniel's ambitions have pushed his marriage to the brink. When a reclusive millionaire named Warner purchases one of his pieces, he hopes for additional commissions from a new benefactor. Instead, Warner offers him a series of increasingly bizarre surveillance assignments. As Daniel starts to unravel the secrets behind the requests, he must determine if Warner is out to further his career or ruin his life.


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Writers (WGA):
Nenad Cicin-Sain (written by) &
Richard N. Gladstein (written by)
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Release Date:
26 July 2013 (USA) See more »
An artist meets a mysterious and wealthy benefactor and their relationship is not what it appears to be. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Nenad Cicin-Sain 
Writing credits
Nenad Cicin-Sain (written by) &
Richard N. Gladstein (written by)

Produced by
Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer .... co-producer
Melanie Donkers .... associate producer
Richard N. Gladstein .... producer
Ivan Shaw .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek 
Cinematography by
Mihai Malaimare Jr. 
Film Editing by
Haines Hall 
Evan Schiff 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Rich Delia 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Aaron Osborne 
Art Direction by
Erin Cochran 
Elena Cozlovschi 
Costume Design by
Van Broughton Ramsey 
Makeup Department
Alyson Granaderos .... key makeup artist
Tamami Ito .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Apodaca .... additional second second assistant director
Ariana Malik .... second assistant director
Jared Scott Mercier .... second second assistant director
Ian J. Putnam .... first assistant director
Art Department
Bonnie Betancourt .... property master (as Bonnie Temple)
John Betancourt .... assistant property master
Jonathan Bobbitt .... leadman
Julian Brown .... on-set dresser
Jeff Clark .... set painter
Steven DeSantis .... construction coordinator
Sam Howden .... set dresser
Haley Keim .... graphic designer
Ipek Kemahlioglu .... co-set decorator
Daniel Lawson .... set dresser
Tuyet van thi Mach .... model maker
Kevin Mahoney .... paint supervisor
Greg Siff .... painter
Jeff Tartaglini .... general foreman
J.J. Wickham .... set designer
Sound Department
Wade Barnett .... adr mixer
Javier Bennassar .... supervising sound editor
Greg Bradley .... boom operator
Jo Caron .... foley recordist
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Guy Francoeur .... foley artist
Marie-Christine Hébert .... foley assistant
John LaRosa .... sound mixer
Tim Limer .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Kevin Tod Haug .... visual effects designer
Aaron Peak .... colorist: Hollywood-DI
Stefan Rachev .... visual effects artist
Neil W. Smith .... digital intermediate supervisor: Hollywood DI
Petko Zhivkov .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Blum .... gaffer
Max Blum .... electrician
Kelsey Castellitto .... second assistant camera (as Kelsey Risdon)
Melissa Fisher .... assistant camera
Frank Anthony Garbutt .... grip
Kiel Greenfield .... key grip
Brent Johnson .... b camera second assistant
Levi Kaminkowitz .... best boy electric
Kyle Kolding .... electrician
Cedric Martin .... steadicam operator
Joseph Matarrese .... best boy grip
Emilio Mejia .... camera intern
Johnny Ortiz .... camera intern
Erica Parise .... still photographer
Vincent Patin .... assistant camera
Chad Pelsang .... grip
Ian S. Takahashi .... b camera operator
Ian S. Takahashi .... cinematographer: second unit
June Zandona .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Adam Richards .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betsey Potter .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Alex Oppenheimer .... assistant editor
Aaron Peak .... on-line editor
Jeff Cummings .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Natali Drosou .... music coordinator
Natali Drosou .... orchestrator
Sheri Ozeki .... music editor
Transportation Department
Jared Robbins .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Mario Aguja .... script supervisor
Darrick Chan .... production assistant
Kristi Frankenheimer .... location manager
Clara Kim .... production assistant
Matt Labinski .... production assistant
Heather MacLean .... location scout
Heather MacLean .... location scout: San Francisco
Sam Messe .... production assistant
Kami Norton .... assistant production coordinator
Frances Reyes-Bolinger .... production coordinator (SF )
Kate C. Ritter .... production intern
Brandon Smith .... production assistant
Andrew Sorgie .... key set production assistant
John Veron .... production assistant

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USA:85 min

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
not much here after all is said and done, 2 August 2013
Author: Matthew Stechel ( from United States

Frank Langella would very, very much be the reason to see this film, he doesn't disappoint...its the film around him that disappoints. Playing his somewhat usual unusual role of enigmatic rich man asking mysterious favors of a somewhat struggling younger person while hiding his own questionable agenda (see also "The Ninth Gate" and "The Box" among others.) Langella shows up on screen maybe ten minutes in snapping at his maid to go the pharmacy after she literally just said she was going there--- He then follows up with the memorable one liner "Life's a lot less complicated ever since I stopped hearing women talk" Its the kind of irresistible barbed one liner that i love hearing come out of Langella in movies exactly like these, and as he went about describing just exactly what he wanted from the young painter whose time and energy he solicits, I was more then wrapped up in the whole mysterious vibe of the film and quite optimistic.

Unfortunately the film as a whole seems a lot more interested in the process of painting and saddling Langella with somewhat ominous monologues with grave overtones about the importance of living while doing what you love while you can. I mean the writer/director gives Langella a good reason for doing that but its possible it could've been done in a somewhat less ham fisted way. While the creation of the various canvases that lead Wes Bentley gets to somewhat lovingly paint are tied in nicely with the main plot line, and the repeated close-ups of paint mixing with water are a neat visual motif (i suppose) its definitely not what i went to this movie to see, but its possible that I went to see this because I just wanted to see what nutty thing the Frank Langella character wanted from the younger character this time around.

What Langella wants is fairly easy to guess and one nice thing on the director's part is that he that he lets Wes Bentley understand almost immediately from the second he sees Sarah Paulson exactly what Langella wanted. The climactic scene of Bentley and Paulson together is nicely effective and reasonably free of the hitting you over the head emotionalism that a lesser director would've went for. When the film ends however you kind of realize that not a whole lot really happened and that the journey that Wes Bently made and the lessons he's supposed to have learned regarding the way he's been living his life don't feel all that true. Even tho i did like the performance of the actress who played his wife (Ahna O'Reily) who i thought did a very effective job showing the frustrations living with this obsessive painter was having on her life during the couple of scenes she was in. (Or as Langella says to Bentley regarding her "Artists can't have families, it takes away from their art") Honestly i just think the film either needed more meat to its rather slim story, or failing that more maybe some more substantial scenes between Bentely and Langella--I'm not entirely sure what this film needed more of but i definitely feel like it needed more of something for it to have felt worth watching and thinking about as a whole but OK.

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