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Time Out -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Robin Campillo (scenario)
Laurent Cantet (scenario)
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Release Date:
14 November 2001 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Now he must decide between his life of lies...or the truth.
Plot:
An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Aurélien Recoing ... Vincent

Karin Viard ... Muriel
Serge Livrozet ... Jean-Michel
Jean-Pierre Mangeot ... Father
Monique Mangeot ... Mother
Nicolas Kalsch ... Julien
Marie Cantet ... Alice
Félix Cantet ... Félix
Olivier Lejoubioux ... Stan
Maxime Sassier ... Nono
Elisabeth Joinet ... Jeanne
Nigel Palmer ... Jaffrey
Christophe Charles ... Fred
Didier Perez ... Philippe
Philippe Jouannet ... Human resources director
Pauline de Laubie ... Laetitia
Jamila Abdallah ... Fati
Didier Folques ... Luc
Sophie Cabaille ... Valerie
Pascal Maugein ... Patrick
Jacques Gillot ... Warehouse customer
Thierry Fernandez ... Security guard
Elisabeth Lalanne ... Jeffrey's wife
Lola Rhode ... Jeffrey's daughter
Manon Lepage ... Julie
Maryline Merat ... Jeffrey's secretary
Philippe Maynial ... Fred's director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicolas Beauvais

Directed by
Laurent Cantet 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robin Campillo  scenario
Laurent Cantet  scenario

Produced by
Simon Arnal .... associate producer
Caroline Benjo .... producer
Barbara Letellier .... executive producer
Carole Scotta .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jocelyn Pook 
 
Cinematography by
Pierre Milon 
 
Film Editing by
Robin Campillo 
Stephanie Leger 
 
Casting by
Stéphane Batut 
Constance Demontoy 
 
Production Design by
Romain Denis 
 
Art Direction by
Patrick Barthelemy 
Mario Belf 
Brahim El Amrani 
Mylene Graziano 
Laeticia Lagache 
Benoit Noiret 
Raymond Pied 
 
Costume Design by
Anne Laval 
Elisabeth Mehu 
 
Makeup Department
Manuela Taco .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Benoît Baverel .... assistant unit manager
Christina Crassaris .... post-production supervisor
Olivier Guerbois .... unit manager
Jérôme Petament .... unit manager
Elise Voitey .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian Alzieu .... assistant director
Isabelle Coursin .... assistant director
Rafaele Ravinet-Virbel .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Vincent Dietschy .... art consultant
Florent Maillot .... property master
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... sound effects editor
Fabrice Conesa .... sound mixer
Valérie Deloof .... supervising sound editor
Assia Dnednia .... sound effects editor (as Assia Zipper)
Olivier Mauvezin .... sound
Agnes Ravez .... sound editor
Paulin Sagna .... sound
Francis Violette .... post-synchronization
 
Special Effects by
Joaquim Duro .... special effects
Christophe Schmitt .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ludovic Caron .... electrician
Loic Evenou .... first assistant camera (segments)
Jean-Michel Fages .... Steadicam operator
Sophie Lelou Mollard .... electrician (as Sophie Mollard)
Patrick Llopis .... grip
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Philippe Marton .... grip
Patrice Milet .... electrician
Mathilde Perreau .... assistant camera
Jacques Philipponeau .... electrician (as Jacques Philipponneau)
Catherine Pujol .... assistant camera
Jean-Baptiste Thibaud .... Steadicam operator
Jean-Mary Vodoz .... electrician
Pierre Weité .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Catherine Manners .... music coordinator
Steve Parr .... music mixer
 
Other crew
Agnès Chabot .... press attache
Emmanuelle de Reynal .... production assistant
Cathy Tomasi .... script supervisor
Sandrine Vitali .... production administrator
 

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Also Known As:
"L'emploi du temps" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sensuality
Runtime:
134 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »

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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
The Price of Success, 14 April 2002
Author: Zen Bones from USA

Ironically, I just saw this a day after viewing Abbas Kiarostami's brilliant "Close Up", a story of a man who could no longer accept the endless banalities of his life and decided to become someone else (a film director!). That man had no sense of identity about himself but he knew what he cared about and what he believed in (the power of art and cinema). That brings him one up on the hero of this story. Vincent is a man who also cannot accept the banalities of his life, but he hasn't the foggiest idea of who he is or what he really cares about. It's as if he was born out of a computer software program. He knows what he's supposed to care about: nice home, nice car, nice bank account... But his work as an investor is so deprived of any human value that he loses all sense of values. His environment; a sterile, generic, upper middle-class vacuum that could make one believe that all of France has turned into Silicon Valley with a touch of the Scandinavian, has none of the passion or warmth that one identifies with being human. He has a loving wife, but according to his 'program', he believes that he would lose her if she knew that he was no longer able to function as a cog in the machine, and provide her with the lifestyle that she has grown accustomed to.

That is the first tragedy of Vincent, because his wife really does love him. The second tragedy of Vincent, is that even though he recognizes his need for freedom, he doesn't know how to use it. He's like a man who has been released from a lifetime of imprisonment, but still hangs around the prison yard because he is unable to comprehend what might be available to him. He'd lost his job because his love for being free was more important to him than keeping his appointments, but most of his time spent in his new-found freedom is in doing the same job he'd done before: investments. The only difference now is that he likes to believe that the investments are helping developing Third World countries. He knows that there really are no investments (he keeps the money that people give him and spends it on a nifty Range Rover, among other things), but momentarily, he can feel as if he is 'somebody' to his family and friends when he tells them of this meaningful new job he (allegedly) has.

Vincent has been described by many as 'everyman', but I think of him more as 'everyman who has just stepped through the looking glass'. Instead of taking a good, hard look at himself, he somehow ended up taking a look beyond himself because he could not find a reflection. He can't even recognize how much he's patterned his children to follow the same program he did. We see him teaching his kindergarten-age son how to 'hard sell' his toys at a school fair. Later, in a fascinating scene, we see him and his family doing what most people of his class do in their free time. They go shopping in an upscale, overpriced store to buy clothing that they know they don't really need. Vincent has it all, but it fills nothing in him. His family has it all, yet they don't seem to question the fact that they rarely spend any time together.

Laurent Candet has created a beautifully somber and sober look at the price of 'success'. The film is practically drained of all color, save for blues and grays, to illustrate the life force that has been systematically drained from Vincent throughout his life. And the score, a somber cello piece, refreshingly accentuates Vincent's mind instead of his actions (like most scores do). It is like a slow-moving merry-go-round that brings on a sense of familiarity that is simultaneously comfortable and unnerving. Because what the gist of it all is: is that no one wants to spend their life on a merry-go-round. Even a comfortable one.

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