Time to Leave

Time to Leave

Director: François Ozon

Cast: François Ozon, Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

     
 

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, highSee more details below

Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
François Ozon's Time to Leave (Le temps qui reste) tracks the final months in the life of self-centered fashion photographer Romain (Melvil Poupaud). He decides not to tell his family members about his terminal cancer, except his simpatico grandma (Jeanne Moreau), cruelly leaving them to deal with the shock alone. But the film makes the unsentimental case for his right to die in isolation, treasuring his last glimpse of nature and its fleeting loves. The drama moves at a patient, but not protracted, pace. Romain's psychological transformation as he faces is death is slight and subtle yet forceful, the difficult handling of his relationship with Jany (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) believable, if unlikely. Poupaud's performance is similarly delicate; he embraces his characters flaws unapologetically, asking for the audience's respect based on simple humanity and Romain's shielded vulnerability within. Ozon frequently favors ostentatious visuals, but here the frame is crisp and ordered in an unobtrusive way so that the key images are unexpectedly gut wrenching, as when a setting sun appears to kiss Romain's dying lips. This is a wonderfully understated melodrama that manages to be moving and sympathetic while resisting the usual cancer weeper clichés.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2006
UPC:
0712267260423
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Strand Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
68,916

Special Features

Making of; Deleted scenes; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Melvil Poupaud Romain
Jeanne Moreau Laura
Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi Jany
Daniel Duval La Pere
Marie Rivière La Mere
Christian Sengewald Actor,Sasha
Louise-Anne Hippeau Actor,Sophie
Henri de Lorme Actor
Walter Pagano Actor
Ugo Soussan Trabelsi Actor,Young Romain

Technical Credits
François Ozon Director,Screenwriter
Pascaline Chavanne Costumes/Costume Designer
Monica Coleman Editor
Olivier Delbosc Producer
Aymeric Devoldere Sound/Sound Designer
Jeanne Lapoirie Cinematographer
Marc Missonnier Producer
Brigitte Taillandier Sound/Sound Designer
Katia Wyszkop Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Time to Leave
1. Bad News [8:31]
2. Fragile [15:51]
3. Kindred Soul [13:17]
4. Nature's Way [3:13]
5. Solitude [4:44]
6. Sophie's Letter [6:19]
7. Beating Heart [5:13]
8. Creation [3:45]
9. The Will [5:14]
10. Seashore [5:24]
11. Sunset [2:36]
12. Credits [3:25]

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