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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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François Ozon

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François Ozon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melvil Poupaud ... Romain
Jeanne Moreau ... Laura
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Jany (as Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
Daniel Duval ... Le père
Marie Rivière ... La mère
Christian Sengewald Christian Sengewald ... Sasha
Louise-Anne Hippeau Louise-Anne Hippeau ... Sophie
Henri de Lorme Henri de Lorme ... Le médecin
Walter Pagano Walter Pagano ... Bruno
Violetta Sanchez Violetta Sanchez ... L'agent
Ugo Soussan Trabelsi Ugo Soussan Trabelsi ... Romain enfant
Alba Gaïa Bellugi Alba Gaïa Bellugi ... Sophie enfant (as Alba Gaïa Kradhege Bellugi)
Victor Poulouin Victor Poulouin ... Laurent
Laurence Ragon Laurence Ragon ... La notaire
Thomas Gizolme Thomas Gizolme ... L'assistant photographe
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Storyline

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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France

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French | English | German

Release Date:

30 November 2005 (France) See more »

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Paris, France

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,377, 16 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$117,581, 17 December 2006
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Romain: Just once. One last time.
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We Die Alone
2 December 2005 | by tributarystuSee 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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