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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 »
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6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Highly nuanced psychological thriller See more (58 total) »

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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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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Highly nuanced psychological thriller, 20 March 2007
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

TIME OUT (Laurent Cantet - France 2001).

The English language title Time Out is not entirely fitting. Perhaps Time Running Out would be a more appropriate title, since this is exactly what Vincent, the main character, is going through.

Vincent (Aurélien Recoing) is a highly motivated financial consultant. Or, at least, that's what he used to be. Fact of the matter is, he lost his job three months ago and now concocts an elaborate facade to cover up the fact he is now unemployed. While his wife, Muriel (Karin Viard), thinks he's at work, Vincent is aimlessly roaming the highways, hanging out at rest stops, and sleeping in his car, regularly calling his wife to give her an update about his next meeting and apologizing for coming home late, before turning in for his overnight stay in his car. Vincent lives like a ghost, increasingly detached from his wife, children and former colleagues, he doesn't seem to realize the truth is closing in. One day, they will find out. But Vincent has gotten to a point where he's constructed his own dream world. He resorts to reading all kinds of economic pamphlets about his apparent line of business, studying and memorizing them like he really is active in this line of work. As Vincent needs money, he makes up a plan to defraud old friends and his parents out of their savings by letting them in on some bogus investment scheme. He conducts his business out of a hotel lounge, where he catches the eye of Jean-Michel (Serge Livrozet, a brilliant role), a "real" , experienced operator who immediately recognizes Vincent is a fraud. He offers Vincent a job in his own operation, meaning some extra pocket money and perhaps even a way out of his increasingly sticky situation.

Director Cantet's style is distinctly unflashy. Set against the wintry landscapes of Rhône-Alpes around Grenoble and Annecy, the film makes very good use of its locations. Whether it's the bland office complexes in the "zones commerciales" at the outskirts of anonymous towns, or the snow-clad mountains surrounding them, it seems to blend perfectly with the film's tone. Accompanied by a beautiful classical score, Cantet shows himself a remarkably sharp and observant storyteller. Although the film maintains interest throughout, the running time of 132 minutes did seem a tad long, and Vincent's lengthy economic arguments when conning his friends and relatives (some of them business men themselves) out of their money weren't terribly convincing. His arguments range from unconvincing to downright nonsense. At least he would'n have convinced me, but even my 91 year old grandmother wouldn't have bought any of this for a moment. But, some of these inconsistencies aside, this is a skilfully constructed film and an engrossing psychological drama that slowly unfolds like a thriller with a brilliant performance by Aurélien Recoing to top it off.

Camera Obscura --- 8/10

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