Oren Moverman’s striking, haunting Time Out of Mind (2015) disappeared quickly after it arrived, perhaps because the prospect of watching a movie about a homeless man proved too daunting—or depressing—to most audiences. On the contrary, this movie is moving, mysterious, and subtle in ways that are difficult to imagine.
Richard Gere stars as the homeless man, who hocks his coat for alcohol, looks for a missing girlfriend, and checks into a homeless shelter. We are given clues as to his past, but nothing definitive; he’s a fascinating mixture of a human.
Moverman shot on the streets of New York with hidden cameras and long lenses, using only street noises and no musical score, and it’s startling to realize that, not only did no one recognize Gere the movie star, but no one even looked at him. It’s an unconventional movie, immersive, meditative, and unforgettable. In smaller roles, Ben Vereen is terrific as a fellow homeless man, and Jena Malone, Kyra Sedgwick, and Steve Buscemi also appear.