Love in the Time of Money (2002)
Like La Ronde, Peter Mattei's debut film Love in the Time of Money consists of a series of conversational duets that ultimately returns to the person who started the entire chain of events. Starting with prostitute Greta (Vera Farmiga) and disgruntled trick Eddie (Domenick Lombardozzi), the story soon includes a housewife on the look for an affair (Jill Hennessy), her husband (Malcolm Gets), an artist (Steve Buscemi), a gallery worker (Rosario Dawson), and a salesman (The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli). This film was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival after being developed in the Sundance labs. … More
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Critic Reviews for Love in the Time of Money
I'm sure the filmmakers found this a remarkable and novel concept, but anybody who has ever seen an independent film can report that it is instead a cheap cliché.
The overall fabric is hypnotic, and Mr. Mattei fosters moments of spontaneous intimacy.
Too clever by about nine-tenths.
Despite impeccable acting ... and a script that takes some rather unexpected (even, at times, preposterous) turns, Love is just too, too precious in the end.
The problems of the people in Love in the Time of Money are hardly specific to their era. They just have problems, which are neither original nor are presented in convincing way.
Unfortunately, a cast of competent performers from movies, television and the theater are cast adrift in various New York City locations with no unifying rhythm or visual style.
Feels more like an exercise for the cast and a calling card project for Mattei than a full-blooded film.
It is a great character study that ranks with Paul Thomas Anderson's epic Magnolia.
The latest vapid actor's exercise to appropriate the structure of Arthur Schnitzler's Reigen.
[I]f you've been to more than one indie flick in your life, chances are you've already seen this kind of thing.
It doesn't help that the director and cinematographer Stephen Kazmierski shoot on grungy video, giving the whole thing a dirty, tasteless feel.
If this is an example of the type of project that Robert Redford's lab is willing to lend its imprimatur to, then perhaps it's time to rethink independent films.
Mattei's underdeveloped effort here is nothing but a convenient conveyor belt of brooding personalities that parade about as if they were coming back from Stock Character camp -- a drowsy drama infatuated by its own pretentious self-examination.
Will probably be one of those movies barely registering a blip on the radar screen of 2002.
An intriguing cinematic omnibus and round-robin that occasionally is more interesting in concept than in execution.
More concerned with its gimmicky tag-team structure of storytelling than it is with credible, engaging content.
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