A fashion photographer with terminal cancer elects to die alone, preparing others to live past him rather than prolong the inevitable with chemotherapy or be smothered in sympathy by those who know him.
Romain, 31, a photographer, learns that a malignancy may kill him within a few months. Decisions: Treatment? Work? How to tell his lover and his family. He remembers the sea and himself as a child. He stares in the mirror. He's cruel: facing death, he pushes people away - what's the point? He visits his grandmother to tell her; on the way, he chats briefly with a waitress. He looks at old photos, visits a childhood tree house. He takes pictures. Returning from his grandmother's, he stops for food and sees the waitress, Jany, again. She makes a request. He returns to an empty flat - his lover has left. Can Jany's proposition give him a way to move past self-pity?Written by
As soon as Man Is Born, He Begins to Die; Sometimes Faster than Usual
In Paris, the thirty-one year old gay fashion photographer Romain (Melvil Poupaud) learns that he has a terminal cancer and his chances with the chemotherapy are the least. His choice is to live the rest of his life without treatment. He hides the truth from his lover Sasha (Christian Sengewald) and his family and is cruel with them. He travels to visit his grandmother Laura (Jeanne Moreau) and has a small talk with a waitress. He spends a couple of days with Laura and he meets by chance the waitress again that asks him for an unusual favor. Romain returns to Paris and changes his attitude toward the rest of his life.
"Le temps qui reste" is a French movie by François Ozon with a sad story about a young photographer that discovers that he will die very soon since he has metastasis. Along his last days, he is unstable and cruel but changes his attitude after visiting his grandmother. There is no clear explanation for his erratic behavior but who could foresee how a person will behave after learning that he or she has just a few more days of life? Jean Paul Sartre said that as soon as man is born, he begins to die. But the truth is very few persons are prepared for the end. The movie also has unnecessary graphic sex scenes between Romain and Sasha totally out of the context of the drama but suitable for a soft-porn. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "O Tempo que Resta" ("The Time that Remains")
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