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Time Out (2001)

L'emploi du temps (original title)
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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.

Director:

Laurent Cantet

Writers:

Robin Campillo (scenario), Laurent Cantet (scenario)
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aurélien Recoing ... Vincent
Karin Viard ... Muriel
Serge Livrozet Serge Livrozet ... Jean-Michel
Jean-Pierre Mangeot Jean-Pierre Mangeot ... Father
Monique Mangeot Monique Mangeot ... Mother
Nicolas Kalsch Nicolas Kalsch ... Julien
Marie Cantet Marie Cantet ... Alice
Félix Cantet Félix Cantet ... Félix
Olivier Lejoubioux Olivier Lejoubioux ... Stan
Maxime Sassier Maxime Sassier ... Nono
Elisabeth Joinet Elisabeth Joinet ... Jeanne
Nigel Palmer Nigel Palmer ... Jaffrey
Christophe Charles Christophe Charles ... Fred
Didier Perez Didier Perez ... Philippe
Philippe Jouannet Philippe Jouannet ... Human resources director
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 November 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Time Out See more »

Filming Locations:

France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,978, 5 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$448,375, 25 August 2002
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Emploi Du Temps - Musique Originale
Composed by/ Arranged By Jocelyn Pook
Performed by 'Electra Strings' Ensemble
Cello Solo performed by Sophie Harris
Viola Solo performed by Clive Howard
Violin solo performed by Jacqueline Norrie
Phonographic Copyright (p) Jocelyn Pook / Haut et Court
Under Exclusive License To Virgin France
Published By Chester Music Ltd.
© 2001 Virgin France
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What it means to be human...or more specifically, a man
14 April 2002 | by cestmoiSee all my reviews

Has anybody ever set up a truck stop shot more magnificently?

This film is the full ten thing. Cast is spectacular, the photography superb, the unobtrusive music on the money, the story and its effects on the life of a family, affecting. Subtlety is a hallmark here. If you don't know the story line it must be even more powerful in a first viewing. As Fellini made at least two films that can be seen as defining the male of the Catholic/Italian species (8 1/2 & Amarcord) this magnificent film from France from a director I am not familiar with, defines "the problem of being male." I was fully involved and unable to complete a sentence for twenty minutes after the lights went up. But it is just not male identification at work here. It is the anguish and plight of the wife, magnificently played by Karen Viard, or the children who are as confused and anxious as any of us. The father, a very French man with a franc or euro, even redeems himself with love and compassion. And the "unsavory" seller of bogus goods who rescues our Vincent by offering employment, comes through swimmingly with compassion and understanding. I can not recommend this film enough. Please see it.


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