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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Serge Livrozet ...
Jean-Pierre Mangeot ...
Monique Mangeot ...
Nicolas Kalsch ...
Marie Cantet ...
Félix Cantet ...
Olivier Lejoubioux ...
Maxime Sassier ...
Elisabeth Joinet ...
Nigel Palmer ...
Christophe Charles ...
Didier Perez ...
Philippe Jouannet ...
Human resources director


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 November 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Time Out  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$19,978 (USA) (5 April 2002)


$448,375 (USA) (23 August 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Version of The Adversary (2002) See more »


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Composed By Étienne Daho
Published By Satori Song Phonographic
Copyright (p) & © 1982 Virgin France SA
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The Terrified Man...
19 January 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A middle-aged middle class family man has a mid-life crisis.

Hardly an inspiring or original idea, yet Laurent Cantet creates a quite devastating and compelling landscape of one man's internal terror

  • terror at his situation and complete inability to express his


Through Cantet, a combination of economic script, astonishingly sparse and subtle performances, and Pook's deeply moving musical score, takes the viewer on a journey of displaced despair and futile attempts to paper over the cracks. Recoing is captivating, his face a turmoil of quiet bewilderment and pain, and he is ably matched by Viard as his increasingly unsettled partner. The penultimate scene between Recoing, Viard and their children is quite astonishing for its tension and disquiet.

In the end, however, the final scene says it all. Recoing's face tells us everything we need to know, and he really should have won every award going for this brilliant performance. Once again the French film industry shows us all how to make films.

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