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Time to Leave (2005)

Le temps qui reste (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 30 November 2005 (France)
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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Laurence Ragon ...
La notaire
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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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$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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Romain has a SonyEricsson mobile phone, but ringtone is Nokia's. See more »

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Romain: Just once. One last time.
Sasha: What's the point?
Romain: Funny you should say that. I keep saying it to myself lately.
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As soon as Man Is Born, He Begins to Die; Sometimes Faster than Usual
25 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

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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