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good concept but felt incomplete
written by nate September 20, 2004 - 12:15 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Everything the other (more positive) reviews here say is true, but this wasn't enough for me. This is not a film with much (if any) character development. We as the audience learn a bit more as the film progresses, but it doesn't seem like the characters learn anything. While the film brings up interesting concepts of family and fidelity, it doesn't really deal with them.

At the end of the film, I didn't feel like there were any characters whose actions I understood better than I did at the outset. Why does Vincent deal differently with being fired than others? What motivates the helpful smuggler/hotelier? What are the wife's ambitions? The parallels between Vincent and son versus Vincent and father are interesting, but what causes the friction in both cases? I wanted more.

highly recommended Mood Movie
written by AWalter August 24, 2004 - 12:51 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
When Vincent--a tall, quiet, morose middle-aged man--is fired from his job, he finds himself unexpectedly cut loose from society and set adrift from life as he knows it. Instead of looking for a job, he casually cons some family and friends out of substantial chunks of money in order to support his wife and three children while he spends week after week driving through the European countryside in winter. A subdued but unescapable tension builds for the audience as we continually fail to understand what motivates Vincent to risk so much, and this tension becomes only more profound when we realize that Vincent himself does not understand his actions. "Time Out" is a hypnotically sad story told at a measured, melancholy pace with a haunting musical score that circumscribes Vincent's strange, incomprehensible mystery.

Suffering to survive
written by AHidalgo August 17, 2003 - 1:36 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This film brilliantly portrays a man's anxiety at not being able to provide for his family and draw happiness out of what he does for a living. He has been laid off from work and is doing every possible thing to not let his kids and wife and father know that he is currently inadequate. The motivation of the secret life he is leading is concealed from the audience for quite a while similar to how the rape victim's responsive steps are in the great "Positive ID". What gives the film its power are the amazingly conveyed anxiety, exhaustion, and impotence in the lead's performance. Only one of two film I have ever enjoyed (the other an early Fassbinder not yet on DVD) about this subject of "suffering to survive".


(Average 7.17)
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