The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something has Passed

The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something has Passed
Original title:The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something has Passed
Director:Joanna Arnow
Running time:87 minutes
Release date:Not communicated
Ann, a thirty-something New Yorker, delivers her uninhibited version of submission. The encounters with her partners, as well as her professional, family and friendly relationships, become a delicious playground.

Mulder's Review

In a cinematic landscape where the tale of finding oneself in the tumultuous journey of adulthood has been explored time and again, Joanna Arnow's The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something has Passed stands out as a refreshingly authentic and captivating exploration of this universal theme. Drawing on her own experiences and injecting her unique voice into every scene, Joanna Arnow makes a film that is not only highly original, but also profound.

Set against the backdrop of a millennial's life, the film follows Ann (played by Joanna Arnow herself), a woman caught up in an unfulfilling office job and a yearning for more. With a keen eye for detail, Arnow captures the micro-observations that make up Ann's life - the insipid meetings, the existential frustrations and the idiosyncrasies of her relationships. This mosaic approach to storytelling lends the film a sense of authenticity, reflecting the way we navigate the fragmented nature of modern existence.

One of the film's most remarkable qualities is its unabashed depiction of BDSM relationships, a subject often relegated to cliché or sensationalism. Arnow deftly dissects the misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding BDSM, showing Ann's journey as she seeks to balance her desires and vulnerabilities within this dynamic. In doing so, the film challenges preconceptions about intimacy, control and the multifaceted nature of human relationships.

Arnow's skills as a writer and director are exemplified in her ability to balance heartbreaking moments with humor, resulting in a film that is as emotionally poignant as it is hilariously awkward. Ann's interactions with her family, including her ever-supportive but equally neurotic sister, and her parents, who embody the perfect blend of good intentions and utterly pointless chatter, create an emotional anchor for the story. These interactions remind us that, amidst the chaos of self-discovery, our relationships with those closest to us remain a constant and often comforting presence.

Arnow's performance as Ann is nothing short of remarkable. Her interpretation captures the contradictions of Ann's character - her vulnerability and strength, her hesitation and audacity. The film becomes a stage for Arnow's exploration of the self, as she embodies Ann with a rawness that is both understandable and endearing.

Visually, the film benefits from a deliberate and engaging aesthetic. Cinematographer Barton Cortright's meticulous framing highlights the film's thematic nuances, while Arnow's editing choices set a pace that mirrors Ann's inner journey. The way Arnow plays with pacing, lingering on seemingly mundane moments and quickly cutting others, adds a layer of depth to the narrative, allowing the audience to immerse themselves in Ann's state of mind.

The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something has Passed is more than just a film; it's a resonant mirror reflecting the complexities and absurdities of contemporary life. Arnow's remarkable ability to capture the essence of millennial struggles, as well as her willingness to delve into the intricacies of BDSM dynamics, elevate this debut feature to must-see status. As a director, Arnow presents a refreshingly unfiltered perspective, unafraid to dissect the fragments that make up our modern existence. With this impressive debut film, she consolidates her place as a distinct and promising voice in independent cinema.

The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something has Passed
Written and directed by Joanna Arnow
Produced by Graham Swon, Pierce Varous
Starring Joanna Arnow, Scott Cohen, Babak Tafti, Alysia Reiner, Peter Vack, Parish Bradley, Michael Cyril Creighton, Barbara Weiserbs, David Arnow
Music by Robinson Senpauroca
Cinematography : Barton Cortright
Edited by Joanna Arnow               
Running time : 87 minutes

Seen 4 september 2023 at Deauville international center

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