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  • Actors: Aurélien Recoing, Karin Viard, Serge Livrozet, Jean-Pierre Mangeot, Monique Mangeot
  • Directors: Laurent Cantet
  • Writers: Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo
  • Producers: Barbara Letellier, Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Simon Arnal
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JI06
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,256 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Unable to accept the recent loss of his job, business executive Vincent Renault (Aurélien Recoing) refuses to tell his wife Muriel (Karin Viard) and begins spending days out driving long distances in order to maintain the illusion that he is out at work. When his money begins to run out, Vincent starts roping his friends into imaginary investment deals, compulsively spinning a web of lies which leaves him ever less room to manoeuvre. Directed by Laurent Cantet ('Human Resources').

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Time Out, which won the Lion of the Year at Venice in 2000, is a midlife crisis film with a difference. Vincent is an out-of-work consultant who fabricates an increasingly complex and unsustainable business life to give his wife and children a secure existence. In the process, old friends are caught up in shady investments and Geneva becomes the focal point of his fugitive career. Then, as the net closes, the eternally routine nature of Vincent's professional life returns to haunt him anew.

Aurélien Récoing is persuasively understated in the lead role, conveying a myriad of emotions with his subtle facial gestures. Karin Viard is sympathetic as the trusting Muriel, ready to offer support even when the web of lies has all but unravelled, and there's an engaging contribution from Serge Livrozet--the adept black marketeer sincere in his willingness to help.

Laurent Cantet's direction is a fine example of less is more, sustaining the film with relative ease over 129 minutes. Pierre Milon's camerawork makes the most of some stunning scenery on the Franco-Swiss border and Jocelyn Pook's spare but brooding score is a discreetly effective enhancement. As the closing scene ties up loose ends with a neatly barbed irony, you're left in little doubt that Vincent's problems are about to start again. --Richard Whitehouse

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By wabrit on 11 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD
This magnificent film is the second to be directed by Lauren Cantet who, on the evidence of this and his cinematic debut "Human Resources" (now thankfully also available in the UK), must surely rank as the most talented director working in France today. It's hard to think of another director, past or present, who forges such consummate art from the subject of work and the workplace.

The film draws some of its inspiration from a sensational real-life case, but effectively removes the more violent and melodramatic aspects of that tale to create something more considered, affecting and cooly intelligent. Rather than reveal any of the plot (which would lessen the impact of the film), it suffices to say that it is gripping, though-provoking and so beautifully filmed that the 129 minutes pass very quickly.

The performances are superb, especially Aurélien Récoing in the lead role who is completely convincing in what is a difficult role to pull off, but achieves volumes of expression with the merest facial tick or body movement.

The DVD is excellent; in addition to superb sound and picture quality there is a text interview with the director which provides a good deal of useful context to the film, and an interesting filmed interview with Laurent Cantet which focuses on this film and his earlier (made for TV) feature "Les Sanguinaires".

Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Freewheelin on 9 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
One of the general rules of buying French langauge films is that you have to wade through a lot of idiotic, blinkered reviews to come to anything near the true rating of the film. This is a beautifully stark film, a compelling story of one mans 'midlife crisis' and loss of identity - how he defined himself by his job and his family relationships, and as he loses these he loses track of himself. I'd rate this film as one of my personal favourites. If you find foreign langauge films 'pretentious', think subtitles are boring, and think that Hollywood is currently at some sort of a all-time creative peak, go and rent Big Moma's House or something equally 'crazy', otherwise do yourself a favour + buy this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
Although based on a true story that violent denouement is dropped which might make one wonder what is left. Yet, thanks to wonderful performances, from Aurelien Recoing in particular, one is drawn into the film, sharing his uncertainties and sense of apartness. The ending could be read in different ways depending on one's frame of mind and one is left with a feeling that one has been affected at a deeper level than most transient film experiences. Truly a film that stays with you. When you have watched some rubbish and want your 2 hours back watch this to make up for it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MarkusG on 31 Mar. 2009
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Superb movie. The protagonist (Vincent) is a man who has been fired, but instead of telling his family he pretends to go to work and away on long business trips. As the movie begins he also seems to be quite content alone in his car. Also, Vincent seems to be quite an intelligent and socially competent man who loves his wife and kids. He even studies some books about foreign aid so he can pose more easily as a high level co-worker for UN, and impress his career-oriented dad. And he doesn't seem to have a big problem about not telling the truth. But what is his problem?

Time Out is about alienation and work, and also about having to live up to expectations, to be stuck in a role unable to shift track. The acting is superb, and without using action, violence, total psychopaths or loads of sound effects the film manages to be quite distressing at times, relying on the social and psychological dimension.

Time Out is very loosely based on, or inspired by, a real case where a man pretended to be a doctor, go to work and so on. This real story is the material for the also superb L'Adversaire. But the stories of the two movies are actually very different (both should be seen).

The transfer of this DVD seems excellent to me: I watched it on a projector and the picture is stable and sharp with lots of details and the appropriate muted colors.

One of my favourite movies, entirely re-watchable. Strongly recommended!
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