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Berlin Review: Saar Klein's 'Things People Do' Starring Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs & Vinessa Shaw

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 11, 2014 1:16 PM
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Things People Do, Wes Bentley
Aiming to be the kind of restrained, grown-up ethical drama that we don't see a great deal of anymore, "Things People Do" from editor-turned-director Saar Klein, premiered unassumingly at the Berlin Film Festival, as though aware it was predestined to be almost immediately eclipsed by showier, punchier titles. Which is probably a little unfair, as the film does boast a lot of strong elements: unusually expressive cinematography; a well-rendered sense of place; Jason Isaacs. And in general it nearly succeeds in delivering on its gently moralist ambitions. However, its failings are all the more glaring for being in the realm of characterization, which is kind of crucial if a film of this kind is to transcend the potential limitations of the indie drama ghetto. Unfortunately "Things People Do" scuppers its own chances by having people do things we just don't ever, ever believe they would.

'Thin Red Line Editor' Editor Saar Klein Making Directorial Debut 'Things People Do' Starring Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett & Jason Isaacs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 5:24 PM
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So, the Academy Award nominated editor of Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" and Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" is making his directorial debut with "Things People Do." Pretty cool, but not much else, right? Well, peer a little close and you'll see a number of connections to Malick and more, making this a fascinating collection of talent for a movie with some pretty decent promise. So, let's dive right in.

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