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Time Out (2001)
"L'emploi du temps" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  14 November 2001 (France)
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An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.

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Vincent
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Muriel
Serge Livrozet ...
Jean-Michel
Jean-Pierre Mangeot ...
Father
Monique Mangeot ...
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Nicolas Kalsch ...
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Marie Cantet ...
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Olivier Lejoubioux ...
Stan
Maxime Sassier ...
Nono
Elisabeth Joinet ...
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Nigel Palmer ...
Jaffrey
Christophe Charles ...
Fred
Didier Perez ...
Philippe
Philippe Jouannet ...
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Recently fired from his job, but unable to confess the truth to his close-knit family, Vincent spends his days driving around the countryside, talking into his cell phone and staring into space. Vincent fabricates a new job for himself so his family and friends will not know that he is out of work. At one point, he even sneaks into an office building. As Vincent roams the building's sterile halls, peeking into meeting rooms where men are busy at work, we see a man who yearns not just for a new job, but also for a place in the world. While this pantomime of work initially registers as sad and even a little pathetic, it slowly and unnervingly becomes terrifying. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Now he must decide between his life of lies...or the truth.

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Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »
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$19,978 (USA) (5 April 2002)

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$448,375 (USA) (23 August 2002)
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Inspired by a true story, that of Jean-Claude Romand. In reality, Romand went on to kill, on January 9, 1993, his wife, two children and both his parents. See more »

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The best movie I've seen since a long time
8 March 2003 | by (Heraklion, Greece) – See all my reviews

Instead of dealing with meteors falling to earth, terrorists with nuclear missiles or cute ladies who have a long time to shag somebody, this movie is talking about some real problems of the modern society: a normal life is a tragedy. We have to work on subjects we hate, for people and enterprises we don't like. Dreaming is not allowed. Family is something that puts more appointments in our already full schedule, and love is corresponding to these commitments. No room for a middle-aged kid to play and leave. Until the kid flips out.

The main character fools everybody, his family, his friends the whole society he is trapped into. He is not a bad guy, he just needs to "steel" some time for himself. And when I say "time for himself", I don't mean having fun in parties with drugs and chicks. This guy prefers to drive his car around while listening to radio and staring from his window the landscape changing, that kind of stuff. He then tries something more adventurous, but I prefer not to continue on the plot, as some people may not have seen the movie yet.

It is simple story, easy to watch but not to thing about it.


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