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14 November 2001 (France) See more »
Now he must decide between his life of lies...or the truth.
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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Vincent's oblivious journey in taking some time out for himself became "une grande illusion" See more (59 total) »


  (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
Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe .... legal services
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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Rated PG-13 for sensuality
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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Vincent's oblivious journey in taking some time out for himself became "une grande illusion", 29 May 2002
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

The beginning shot as the credits appear looks so painterly - the soft tone seemed serenely neutral - not until a slight movement in the picture do I realize what we're looking at and where the scene is. This is another film (previously I commented on "World Traveler") distributed by ThinkFilm, whose company logo has the ' i ' upside down in 'Think.' TIME OUT is challenging for the camera: there's quite a percentage of time we spend with central character Vincent (a distinctive, subtle portrayal from Aurélien Recoing) inside a car, on the road at night time, out in the fog or rain, even scenes with extensive snow and whiteness all around. Cinematographer Pierre Milon skillfully delivered.

The English film title "Time Out" could suggest just that: Vincent needs to 'time out,' pause and take a look at his life so far. The French title "L'emploi du temps" indicates the use of the occasion, which Vincent certainly does: he's literally taking the 'given' time, making use of it by giving himself a break from the accumulated stress at work and mounting expectations at home. He looks at ease being out of his 9-year long corporate position. He enjoys being alone by himself driving and singing along to a tune. Such bliss.

It's stress putting on a mask. Solitude is the temporary palliative. For a while Vincent is in control of the situation at hand. Even managed to transiently delight Muriel, his dear wife. When will this play-acting - lying without a blink, stop? When the tap is finally loosen a bit - meeting Jean-Michel, the bottled up truth released. How relieving to pour out to a total stranger. It's a respite: he's actually happy not having to exhaust himself in weaving his lies, keeping up a front, hustling friends and father for finances.

Again, as in director Laurent Cantet's previous film "Ressources humaines," there is the latent gap between father and son. Candid communication and patient understanding from both sides are dearly lacking. In TIME OUT, Vincent is often on the road and away from home and family (a schoolteacher wife and 3 children). He assumes the family man responsibility matter of factly, unaware of the increasing chasm he's creating between himself and Muriel (sensitively portrayed by Karin Viard), even though he continues, as usual, calling her from 'work' on his cell phone, letting her know his 'whereabouts', putting up a front under his conscience-clearing rationale that "Muriel is too weak to take the news" (that he was actually fired from his job). Remorselessly he spins one small lie after another to be 'on top of' things. Will things just carry on as he blindly continues his time out? When will she find out? This is not 1957's "The Sweet Smell of Success" or 1991's "Chameleon Street" (both excellent films). TIME OUT is very much its own powerful medium, poignantly depicts the dormant treachery of modern work life and demanding family ideals. (Almost shades of director Bryan Forbes 1975's "The Stepford Wives" - reverse gender, I felt.)

Writer-director Cantet seems to know corporate jargon/language quite well: in both his films, he incorporated perceptively in the script the ways of big business in studious detail. "Human Resources" 1999 and "Time Out" 2001 are well worth the filmic experience - more than meets the eye, for sure.

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