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Time to Leave (2005)

Le temps qui reste (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 30 November 2005 (France)
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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Romain
... Laura
... Jany (as Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
... Le père
... La mère
Christian Sengewald ... Sasha
Louise-Anne Hippeau ... Sophie
Henri de Lorme ... Le médecin
Walter Pagano ... Bruno
Violetta Sanchez ... L'agent
Ugo Soussan Trabelsi ... Romain enfant
Alba Gaïa Bellugi ... Sophie enfant (as Alba Gaïa Kradhege Bellugi)
Victor Poulouin ... Laurent
Laurence Ragon ... La notaire
Thomas Gizolme ... L'assistant photographe
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In Paris, thirty-one-year-old gay fashion photographer Romain learns he has a terminal cancer. As chances with chemotherapy are only slim, he chooses to live the rest of his life without treatment or mollycoddling, hiding the truth from his lover Sasha and his family, being cruel to kindly push them away. He visits his estranged grandmother Laura for a few days and has a small talk with a waitress he chance meets along the way, a waitress who, upon a second chance meeting, asks him for an unusual favor. Romain returns to Paris where he privately puts his affairs in order and awaits the end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / revised by statmanjeff

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,377, 16 July 2006, Limited Release

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$117,581, 17 December 2006
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Time to Leave (Time to Leave (2005)) was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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The Canon IXUS i5 is not turned on when Romain uses it. See more »

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[Romain's mother expresses her interest in Romain taking photographs of the family]
Sophie: Save you breath, Mom. We're not hip enough. He prefers actresses and models.
La mère: Don't say that. He just hasn't had time yet.
Le père: Of course.
Romain: No, she's right.
La mère: Why do you say that?
Romain: I don't want to photograph her kids.
Le père: Romaine, stop.
Sophie: Leave it, Dad.
Romain: And you know why? Because they sprang from you, and your ugly mug would be in the picture. It makes me want to puke.
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I-In some exhausted reverie
Extraits de "In air clear and unseen" (1994)
stanzas with Tyutchev, for piano and string quartet
Music by Aleksandr Knaifel
Performed by Oleg Malov & le Keller Quartet
© Compozitor Publishing House, St Petersburg
(p) 2002 ECM Records (Munchen)
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We Die Alone
2 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Ozon is a strange figure. Strange in a sense that actually makes him normal: sometimes controversial, sometimes authentic, but always a great analyst of the emotion's spectrum.

It becomes clear really early that the film will be more of a contemplative portrayal of death than a daring fight lead against it. And sometimes it's better that way, to take things as they come. Thirty one year old Romain isolates himself from his family and friends and deals with several stages of the whole "accepting death" experience. A so dreaded experience. Consequently, the film is distant and may seem tedious at times, but all the means serve their purpose.

"Le temps qui reste" (gorgeous title, I feel obliged to emphasize this) is a difficult film: homosexuality, solitude and death are themes which few can bear light-heartedly. Still, Romain's process of severing himself from himself is intriguing at all times and the film's final sequence is of a most sincere impact. It's about adapting to the idea of dying in a glacial modern society.

We are generally alone in this world and all we have is our family. And if we lose that, we are left with thoughts, never to be forgotten. Le temps qui reste.


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