- Actors: Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Daniel Duval, Marie Rivière
- Directors: François Ozon
- Writers: François Ozon
- Producers: Marc Missonnier, Olivier Delbosc
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Import
- Language: English, French, German
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Strand Releasing
- Release Date: Nov. 28 2006
- Run Time: 81 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000IHY9K2
Time to Leave (Bilingual) [Import]
A handsome, successful fashion photographer (Melvil Poupaud) learns that he has a malignant brain tumor that will soon kill him. Hiding his diagnosis, he alienates his family and his young boyfriend, but during a short stay with his grandmother (Jeanne Moreau), his vulnerability is met with a big heart and sound advice. A chance encounter with a roadside café waitress (Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi) results in an unusual bargain that provides a happy, playful dimension to the proceedings. Directed by François Ozon (8 WOMEN, SWIMMING POOL, UNDER THE SAND), starring legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau (ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS, JULES AND JIM), Melvil Poupaud, Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi (MUNICH, COTE D’AZUR, François Ozon’s 5X2), Daniel Duval. TIME TO LEAVE was a selection in the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival, 2005. UNRATED: THIS FILM CONTAINS ADULT SUBJECT MATTER.
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I was intrigued by Ozon's representation of a gay bar backroom/darkroom in "Time to Leave". To Ozon's credit, I haven't seen any examples of this kind of MSM environment in LGBT-themed American pictures. Conversely, Ozon's darkroom could be described as "suburban". But then, to have juxtaposed a gritty underground gay reality, internationally omnipresent rainbow flags notwithstanding, against Romain's bourgeois, heterosexual family of origin would have been jarring. Finally, I have mixed feelings about the ending of "Time to Leave", which I found to be visually compelling, and yet cliché (IE the setting sun as a metaphor for death). I am a fan of Ozon's other pictures (particularly "8 Women" and "Potiche"; "Sitcom" shows the influence of John Waters), and although I respect his ability to switch easily between the two genres, frankly I prefer his comedies. The supplemental features of this DVD includes the documentary "The Making of Time to Leave" (similarly, the DVD of Ozon's "Potiche" features "The Making of Potiche"). As much as I love the magic of film, and consider myself to be a student of film, I found the aforementioned documentary to be neither engaging nor informative.
Stephen C. Bird, Author of "Any Resemblance To A Coincidence Is Accidental"
one of the crew members in the featurette described melvil as looking like christ: when he is skeletally thin and shorn of his lovely, curly locks, his beauty is not diminished, just changed -- it is ethereal, unearthly, preternatural. very like the achingly, exquisite beauty of the christ of the pieta. here is a beauty which is both cerebral and visceral; no escape from it's power. there is no escape from the power of this film, either; it latches on and does not let go. take the ride; you shall not regret the time spent in such beauty with such exalted company.