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A brittle, pompous drama about artists and the price they pay for inspiration.
Director Nemad Cicin-Sain and co-writer Richard N. Gladstein are both guilty of serving up a totally empty, tonally confused meditation on the creative process.
"The Time Being'' looks sharp, but it's about as dramatically satisfying as watching paint dry.
An exhaustingly pretentious heave of artistic self-involvement, "The Time Being" takes an exceptionally handsome journey to nowhere at all.
While the underdeveloped script - co-written by Richard Gladstein - never earns its sense of self-importance, the visuals are evocative enough to draw us further into the movie's ultimately unsatisfying mysteries.
Not to be glib, but sitting through the art-centric chamber piece "The Time Being" is truly like watching paint dry.
There reaches a point... at which the film settles into a deliberately-paced yet completely watchable groove, with the emphasis on the relationship between the two men ensuring that The Time Being ultimately succeeds as a low-key drama.
The Time Being's calculated fabrication does look gorgeous onscreen, but at the same time hinders its audience from truly engaging with the story.
Despite some powerful imagery, the film provides only minimal insight into the artistic process, and its characters aren't compelling enough to pick up the slack.
Langella is solid as always, but his haunted, bitter character is pretty two-dimensional, and having to share all his scenes with Bentley doesn't allow for much interplay.
A more apt title might have been Wes Bentley Stares at Stuff.
A riveting mystery drama about living, dying, illusion and reality.
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