Timeless

on July 11, 1996 by Susan Lambert
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    Director Chris Hart is nothing if not bold. Bold enough to give his experimental feature debut a title that begs for scathing puns about running time, but also bold enough to make a realistic and experimental movie about kids hanging out, falling in love and getting in trouble. Young Terry (Peter Byrne) spends most of his time on the street, doing small-time jobs for local dealers, gamblers and petty hoods. His alcoholic father keeps using what little money they have in a desperate attempt to track the whereabouts of his missing wife. When Terry meets Lyrica (Melissa Duge) and helps free her from the clutches of an abusive lover who is also a small-time mobster (Michael Griffiths), the two join up to head out of town and into a better life.
   Sometimes random but rarely ineffective, "Timeless" unfolds a fairly typical story in an unusual way, with stills and stoplights and stream-of-consciousness sound and dialogue. Using Super-8, 16mm and 35mm formats, Hart creates a nihilistic scrapbook of a movie and achieves fresh, lyrical performances from his mostly non-professional cast. One of the truly independent films in the fest, "Timeless" would offer hope even if it weren't an achievement in its own right just by demonstrating that filmmakers like Hart still exist.    Starring Peter Byrne, Melissa Duge and Michael Griffiths. Written and Directed by Chris Hart. Produced by Patricia Bice and Chris Hart. A TGOM production. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 90 min. Screened at the 1996 Sundance fest.
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