Time Out

  • 2002
  • France
  • 2h 14min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Laurent Cantet
  • Cast: Aurelien Recoing, Karin Viard, Serge Livrozet

The original French title, 'L'Emploi du Temps' translates literally as 'time-table', suggesting the structure imposed by a working routine. Ironically so, since this is a slow-burning study of a middle-aged office worker who, having lost his job, cannot bear to tell his family, so he simply invents a new one. But maintaining this fiction soon becomes a full-time occupation. Cantet was inspired by a documented case, but it is a testament to his formal control and razor-sharp insight that his fictional ending is more quietly devastating than what happened in real life.

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