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Time to Leave (2005)

Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, more...
Director: François Ozon, François Ozon
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Strand Home Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France, Gay & Lesbian, Weepies, Features
Running Time: 85 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only a short while to live, a successful fashion photographer embarks on one final journey in the second of three films in a trilogy about death and mourning from French director François Ozon (the first entry in the the trilogy was Under the Sand) . After passing out during a particularly grueling photo shoot, high profile shutterbug Romain (Melvil Poupaud) is shocked to discover that his body has been ravaged by a fully metastasized cancer that will soon kill him. Without revealing the cause for his erratic behavior, the shell shocked Romain commences to alienate his entire family and ditch his handsome young boyfriend before connecting with affable waitress Jany (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) at a roadside café while en route to his grandmother's house. Upon arriving at the home of the one family member he knows will be joining him shortly in death, Romain's naked vulnerability is met with a gentle ear and sound advice. Once again meeting with the kindly Jany on his way to his ultimate fate, Romain and the waitress strike up an unusual bargain. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Dying and Family by talltale November 29, 2006 - 4:53 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Francois Ozon tackles dying and family in TIME TO LEAVE, managing to make a thoughtful, elusive, moving and even sexy piece that stacks up nicely against--while expanding upon--his earlier work. Melvil Poupaud, a fine actor not yet a household name in Francophile homes here in the U.S., has certainly done his share of good work in good films--from A Rohmer's "A Summer's Tale" to Ruiz' "Time Regained" and "Genealogies of a Crime". Some of his best work (Noemie Lvovsky's "Les Sentiments") remains unreleased here, but Ozon's latest ought to help place Poupaud more firmly on the international cultural map. This actor gives over body and soul to his role and is by turns shocking, sad, funny, real and always riveting (the sex scene he initiates early on seems as honest and authentic as any I've seen, and Poupaud certainly proves "up" for it).

Jeanne Moreau appears as his grandmother, giving another quiet, rooted performance, and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi is wonderful as ever as a waitress with a very special request. As a writer/director, Ozon prefers not to fill in so many blanks. Yet he and his actors clearly know and feel what those empty spaces contain, and so they lead us through the film with nary a false moment. Afterward, if you think about all that has happened, you will probably be able to understand much of the "why" involved, even without the usual exposition that might better explain (but also render too obvious) the motivation. Barely more than 75 minutes long, "Time to Leave" is a special little treasure.

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2005
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.

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