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  • Actors: Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Daniel Duval, Marie Rivière
  • Directors: François Ozon
  • Writers: François Ozon
  • Producers: Marc Missonnier, Olivier Delbosc
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GQMM1S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,170 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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French drama. Melvil Poupaud plays Romain, a 30-year-old man who is forced to confront his own mortality when he is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Unable to share the news with his friends or family, and not even with his boyfriend, Romain can only confide in his grandmother (played by Jeanne Moreau). As his anger and denial gives way to a strange form of acceptance, Romain has a chance encounter with a young waitress which seems to offer him hope, and the chance to leave something of himself behind.

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This film is really monumental. A story that could easily lead to pathos is treated with intelligence and warmth. The young man who finds out he has about 6 months to live (superbly portrayed by Melvil Poupaud) leads us through his private little world when he decides it is time for closure. This results in fantastic moments as he confronts his family and friends, and soars to heights of sheer genius in the scenes with his grandmother (impressive performance by Jeanne Moreau). The delicacy with which these scenes are treated are proof yet again that François Ozon is one of the true great European filmmakers of our time.

I'd have given this film six stars if the system let me....
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By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 April 2014
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Time To Leave did not work for me as well as some of Ozon's previous films when I first saw it, but coming back to it now it strikes me as better than I thought. I had found the main character, Romain, too cold, at least in the earlier stages of the film, and that his treatment of others was rather harsh. It seems that Ozon intended this, from what he says in the interview, and that we should change our feeling about him during the stay with his grandmother. Seeing it now I felt this was far more what did happen, and that his distance was to some degree motivated by a desire to avoid certain psychological situations. With his boyfriend, for instance, it is certainly in part to avoid the trauma for him of looking after someone who's dying. In fact this theme seems to be taken from the musical Jeanne et Le Garcon Formidable, where it dominated the film far more (there you really did feel it was a mistake, here it's harder to tell). It also featured in Moulin Rouge!, with very moving results. Here, Romain does see him again and that scene is very finely judged. In fact there are many moving scenes in the film - those with Jeanne Moreau key among them, of course. She has appeared in very few films in recent years so her presence here is remarkable. I also liked the scenes with Valérie Bruni-Tedeschi and her husband, and the beauty of their interaction, which showed Romain in quite a courageous light. The scene at the end is outstanding; a worthy nod to Death in Venice, but with the drama downplayed, as the viola music suggests. It also recalls Rohmer's The Green Ray, with the disc of the sun getting lower and lower until it might disappear between Romain's lips - a kind of metaphor for spirituality, perhaps. It is a remarkable image to end with.Read more ›
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Romaine (Melvil Poupaud) gives a finely nuanced at times heartrending turn as we join him on a last journey through his remaining months after having learned he is fatally ill. There are profound decisions to be made about his boyfriend, his work and whether his own demise really is the end or can he leave something behind? For solace he turns to grandma (a moving Jeanne Moreau) but eventually he puts his affairs in order in the best way he can. Francois Ozon's 'Time to Leave' lingers in the memory as a fine example of the chaos and dignity attendant on the path to oblivion. Fine acting and direction. Good soundtrack and editing. Well lit and good English subtitles from the French. Extras comprise director's interview, making of documentary, deleted scenes, trailer and filmographies. Recommended.
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Death is too big to be dealt with without the occasional touch ofmelodrama and bathos - but who can blame the dying, specially if the Big C is going to claim the life of a 31 years old. On the whole - moving, and in parts heart breaking, due to the excellent actors in the major roles - with Poupaud as the main character, Moreau in a small but important part, and of course writer-director Ozon. Well chosen music too. Deserves watching more than once.
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Melvil Poupard dishes out an amazing performance here!
From being a slightly annoying, egocentric fashion photographer he takes you on a 'tour de force' and delivers you at the end - with a lump in your throat - on a beach, with a deep sympathy/love for the brave, beautiful man who - in the span of a few months - grew into a human being, reconciled with himself and the world he is leaving. Cheers!
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The final months of life for a young man, Romain, coming to terms with Cancer. We see his nasty human flaws though we shouldn't judge him. We watch his journey through his final months alive without telling anyone his fate; he only confides in his Grandmother whom he feels is the only person he can tell as "she will die soon too".
The slow reconciliation with his sister is heart wrenching; appreciating her from an unseen distance is very moving.
The 'making up' with his boyfriend and his father ties up loose ends to a certain degree though never completely, which is well done as life is never simple and tidy.
This is very well acted. Ozon uses flash backs very well to fill in Romains growing up story. Very good music.
The best scene in the movie has to be the finale on the beach; it has to be one of the most artistic and gut wrenchingly sad scenes I know. Awesome. The young boy playfully kicks the ball to Romains feet (Romain seeing himself as a young child in him, with youth and health and everything to live for). The music is perfect. Now on the beach ravaged with cancer he knows this is his "time to leave". He lies down, draws a few last breaths and as time passes and the sun sets over the sea the beach empties and he dies. Staggeringly emotional. This is a masterpiece.
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