Time to Leave 2006

Time to Leave

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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.

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When Romain (Melvil Poupaud), a vain young photographer, is diagnosed with a virtually inoperable brain tumor, he refuses treatment and tells no one of the prognosis. Romain recoils from his partner, Sasha (Christian Sengewald), but confides in his worldly grandmother, Laura (Jeanne Moreau), who encourages him to reexamine himself before he departs the world of the living. Soon Romain meets Jany (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi), a waitress who offers him a surprising opportunity to die meaningfully.

Cast & Crew

Marie Rivière
La mère
François Ozon
Director
François Ozon
Writer
Jeanne Lapoirie
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Monica Coleman
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Critic Reviews for Time to Leave

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (14)

  • Time to Leave strikes a certain register of restrained placidity, yet in the end, succumbs to more and more frequent idealizing interludes.

    March 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This is the most personal, deeply felt film from the gifted director of "Under the Sand" and "Swimming Pool." Ozon leaches his melodrama of all sentimentality, and moves us all the more.

    February 7, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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    December 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
    Empire Magazine
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  • 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.

    November 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It does absolutely nothing that previous movies dealing with this subject haven't done.

    October 20, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Modern audiences are more likely to find the character's behavior to be extremely frustrating, undercutting any sympathetic response one might have for his situation.

    September 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Time to Leave

  • Jun 07, 2012
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    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
  • Jul 06, 2009
    This may lack originality & it has a few ridiculous moments here & there but in my opinion this is how this kind of movies should be, It doesn't feel forced & also successfully avoid cheap sentimentalism & on the other hand it's not one of those vacuous dull films for the sake of forced realism or being artsy
    Arash X Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2007
    <DIV ALIGN=center><B>LE TEMPS QUI RESTE (2005) directed by François Ozon starring Melvil Poupaud, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Jeanne Moreau</B></DIV><P><DIV ALIGN=justify>François Ozon is gay. He says it openely. Like Pedro Almodovar he loves women. He made many films about them but this one isnt. Maybe it should have been.<P>A successful selfish fashion photographer learns that he has a brain tumor. He is going to die. He doesnt tell anyone though, but he becomes cruel towars his boyfriend - yes, he is gay but I'll comment that later - his pregnant sister and basically everyone. Off course, he is pissed off cause he was in control of his life, happy and had everything he ever wanted but he is going to die and cant do anything about it, except maybe pity himself. On a trip to visit his grandmother he meets a waitress who will offer him something that might change his perspective on death.<P>Well, <I>Le temps qui reste</I> tells a story that isnt very original, we've seen that film before and we'll see it again in the future. That doesnt mean its a bad film cause that premise brings a lot of potential. You can either go on the emotional manipulation like <I>Life As a House</I> with Kevin Kline or try to be honest. This film is at least honest, but its still not great.<P>As I mentionned before, the main character is gay. I got nothing against that, its actually refreshing to see this story told and its not about a family man or an estranged dad. My problem with it though, is that the director didnt take advantage of that opportunity to make it special. I'll be honest, I dont know what he could have done but I wish he had try something more than just making his character gay. Also, I need to warn you, there is a graphic sex scene. Not saying its explicit but you see, what we could call, hard members, to be polite. I was just not expecting those.<P>All of that being said, I have mixed feeling about this film. Its not too bad but I was hoping it would be better. Ozon made some weird film before and it seems as he is becoming a bit more mainstream. Enough complaining about the film.<P>The actors are all pretty good, which made the film a bit more engrossing. No exceptional performances though, simply in the right tone with not false move. In the end, all I would need to see its refreshing in its way to lack originality, but it doesnt have enough balls. I think thats could be called irony considering the ... well you know what I mean. Its a French film, that should say it all.</DIV>
    Hugo S Super Reviewer

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