Time to Leave (2006)



Critic Consensus: A reflective look at our own mortality through the experience of a middle-aged French man, Time To Leave manages to pull at our heart strings without resorting to cliches, and leaves a lasting impression.

Movie Info

A handsome, successful fashion photographer learns that he has a malignant brain tumor that will soon kill him. Hiding his diagnosis, he alienates his family and his young boyfriend, but during a short stay with his grandmother, his vulnerability is met with a big heart and sound advice. A chance encounter with a roadside café waitress results in an unusual bargain that provides a happy, playful dimension to the proceedings.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: François Ozon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 28, 2006
Strand Releasing - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Time to Leave

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (21)

It's a quiet and poignant look at a life as it slips away, seen through the eyes of a character who's not always likable but remains entirely real.

Full Review… | November 3, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It does absolutely nothing that previous movies dealing with this subject haven't done.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A beautiful, frank and utterly absorbing examination of death.

Full Review… | September 7, 2006
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

It's affecting.

Full Review… | September 7, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Sumptuously filmed but rather distant.

Full Review… | August 17, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

We watch Romain change as he struggles with his mortality and, as he does, we come to care about him.

Full Review… | August 17, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Time to Leave


A perfunctory, soulless drama about a selfish man who finds out that he is terminally ill and becomes completely distasteful, impossible to relate to in any level. Even worse, most of the actors are bad and the end only shows that the director didn't really have anything to say.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A very moving French film. There wasn't any hollywood type spin to make it extra dramatic, or extra sad...and because of that, the sincerity of the interactions were much more powerful, in my opinion. Quiet, slow, yet not boring. Touching...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Moving french film of life in the face of impending death.

Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

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