George (Gere) is a desperate man. With faltering health and nowhere to turn, he finds himself thrust onto New York City’s unforgiving streets. After exhausting all other avenues of temporary housing, he seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan’s largest intake centre for homeless men. It too proves a harsh and difficult-to-navigate environment, crowded as it is with similarly marginalized souls. But when George befriends a seasoned shelter-dweller named Dixon (Ben Vereen), he begins to harbour hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged daughter (Malone).
With a successful career spanning four decades, Time Out Of Mind sees Gere immerse himself in the role of George – navigating the bureaucratic troubles of shelters in New York City, providing additional insight into urban poverty, challenging our perception of the homeless and bringing compassion to a group of people who are often neglected by society.
Dir. Oren Moverman, US, 2014, 120 mins
Cast: Richard Gere, Jena Malone, Steve Buscemi