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5.0 out of 5 stars Time Out, 31 Mar 2009
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This review is from: Time Out [2001] [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
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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