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Time Out (2000)

Aurélien Recoing , Karin Viard , Laurent Cantet  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aurélien Recoing, Karin Viard, Serge Livrozet, Jean-Pierre Mangeot, Monique Mangeot
  • Directors: Laurent Cantet
  • Writers: Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo
  • Producers: Barbara Letellier, Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Simon Arnal
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000077VS0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Time Out" on IMDb

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The mysterious Time Out is a riveting film, despite (because of?) the fact that hardly anything happening in it corresponds to our notion of movie "action." Vincent (Aurélien Recoing, a top French theater actor but cinematic newcomer) is an out-of-work family man living along the Swiss border. He's never told anyone he's lost his job with a U.N. bureau. He leaves home in the morning--when not working out of his (nonexistent) Geneva apartment--and does things like go to an all-glass office tower and hover as if he belonged. Vincent's excellent at seeming to belong; Recoing's performance is an uncanny symphony of collegial tics, benign watchfulness, and shy, tolerant shrugs. Eventually we gather that Vincent is running a swindle, the ease of which seems to quietly horrify him. However, the most unsettling thing about his fictional work posture is that we come to realize it's scarcely less genuine than, or different from, the shell game that is the real thing. --Richard T. Jameson

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Vincent is a businessman on the move. Seemingly at the top of his game, Vincent speeds between meetings and conferences ... using his cell phone to share the smallest detail of his professional life with his admiring wife, Muriel. What she doesn't know is that Vincent is leading a double life. He was fired from his job and has constructed an elaborate fantasy of employment that has become his full-time occupation. His fictional new job provides "investment opportunities" for his old friends and even his parents. But the web of lies threatens to choke him when the investors start asking about their money. Vincent must now decide which of his lives is most important.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended mood movie August 24, 2004
When Vincent--a tall, quiet, morose middle-aged man--is fired from his job, he finds himself unexpectedly cut loose from society and set adrift from life as he knows it. Instead of looking for a job, he casually cons some family and friends out of substantial chunks of money in order to support his wife and three children while he spends week after week driving through the European countryside in winter. A subdued but inescapable tension builds for the audience as we continually fail to understand what motivates Vincent to risk so much, and this tension becomes only more profound when we realize that Vincent himself does not understand his actions. "Time Out" is a hypnotically sad story told at a measured, melancholy pace with a haunting musical score that circumscribes Vincent's strange, incomprehensible mystery.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Search for Meaning in Ordinary Life January 31, 2003
By Tom Shi
Vincent is an average working stiff family man who suddenly lose his job. Finding another job is not really the problem, something deeper than unemployment is troubling this man. His old job so consumes him, yet at the same time is so meaningless to him, that he panicks and become slightly unhinged. He doesn't tell his family, and pretend to be still working, spending his days driving around the country side, sitting in parks. Gradually, he descend into moral seediness.
What's disturbing is that this guy has a very loving family and good, decent friends. It's the man's relationship with his work that's troubling. The movie didn't really come together for me until the very last shot, where the themes of the movie that bubbled under the surface rise up in the subtle emotions of his face as a quiet trap close over him.
Some people may say, "Well, he is bored with his job, so what? Many of us are!" But I think that's merely the surface of what he is going through. He is a lost man desperately searching for meaning and passion in life. In that aspect, his struggles are like many of our daily struggles amplified, and deserve our sympathy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Man's Search for Happiness... April 20, 2003
Vincent is on a route where he is out driving trying to find something, while hiding that he has been laid off from his family. The anxiety of displaying failure to his family and parents seems to be overwhelming for Vincent and he begins to pretend that he has quit his job for a better job in Switzerland. Through his idea of lying about his newly acquired job, he is lead astray from reality, and he must cover his lies by providing the necessary means for his family. He does so by scamming his acquaintances and friends for large amounts of money. In return, he offers a large profit through his pretend job, however, this is overheard by a man in a hotel lobby. This man interferes with Vincent's plan, but in return he finds a new profitable business through this stranger. During this, Vincent is struggling with to keep his family happy and content, but the wife begins to smell a rat. Time Out is an intriguing slow paced thriller about a man's pride and his search for happiness, which provides well developed characters and ingenious cinematography that enhances the quality of the film. Ultimately, the audience is provided well-rounded story that is presented through an astounding cinematic experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbingly chilling and satisfying film. January 29, 2003
My girlfriend and I went to go see this movie a bit ago at an International Film Festival here in Minneapolis, not knowing what the movie was about, or who was in it. Although she hated, I absolutely loved it! The story revolves around a man, Vincent, who loses his job and doesn't have the courage to tell his family. To cover for his failure, he concocts an outrageous story about a new job he has gotten for the United Nations, and as the film progresses, we watch as his life goes into a downward spiral. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this film is the fact that it is truly realistic, both in dealing with the idea of failure and the idea of hopelessness. It's painful to watch, as Vincent wastes away his days doing nothing, while calling his wife to tell her that work is going great, yet at the same time, we can identify with his situation. Pride is one of the greatest human flaws, and the film expertly examines it. Overall, a great film, one that I strongly recommend. Action fans, though, will be very disappointed, as it is truly a character examination piece.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daddy's boy July 5, 2004
The French are masters of subtlety and here's another film that proves it. Vincent, a quiet family man, keeps up the appearance of having his job to make his family--wife and three kids--feel secure with him. But there is another force working at Vincent, inside him and it is just as powerful, if not more so, in his game-playing.
He is in thrall to his father, a wealthy businessman who, thanks to his great success, has been able to not only raise Vincent well but also psychologically tie a noose around his neck his entire life. Although this does not seem to be a major theme, it becomes crystal clear near the end of the film. Vincent's own "success" is a mockery of his father's as he scams people left and right, lies to those he knows and loves, and engages in criminal activity.
This subtle display of familial dysfunction is a brilliant psychological character study and for that reason alone, makes this a film worth not only watching but owning. It's possible not too many others will have this interpretation of the film, but from my perspective, that's what it is.
Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Drab But Relevant
to the economic times the world is going through. Middle aged men are often terrified of starting a new career from scratch and this story shows the lengths one man will go to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by mr. contrarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Out?
This film deals with a number of things that most men face in their lives. Sure, you could be nasty & say some vile things about the French in particular, but the fact is that men... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Philos
3.0 out of 5 stars Great French Film 30 Minutes too Long
This is a mid-life crisis that is not triggered by some tragic event but by the overwhelming inability to keep caring. Read more
Published on July 16, 2012 by Double Espresso in Decaf Town
4.0 out of 5 stars In limbo, the banality of life is unbearable and fascinating.
Spoiler Alert (This review contains spoilers): There is a subtle and dreamlike quality to this movie: a haunting and sad tale of a man truly disenchanted with life and the system. Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by Galo Romero
2.0 out of 5 stars Moody nonsense
Evidently getting fired or laid off in France is more traumatic than in the US, judging by this film in which a man is so freaked that he can't tell his family he's jobless. Read more
Published on October 3, 2008 by Bradley F. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, self-absorbed and an almost unbearably poor story
Avoid this one at all costs. I don't know where people get off giving this four or five stars for, this movie reminds one of the work of a film school student who came up with... Read more
Published on March 16, 2008 by Zendicant Penguin
4.0 out of 5 stars I can relate to Vincent
I saw this film on a total whim one day when I was walking around downtown in my local city and it happened to be playing at a local theatre which is known to show more off-beat... Read more
Published on December 15, 2007 by P. Stiff
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film ... maybe a little too subtle
I should point out that I don't know French at all, and that I watched this film with subtitles. This can in theory be to blame for my claim that "Time Out" does not really build... Read more
Published on January 17, 2006 by P. Kufahl
4.0 out of 5 stars Long, slow, and yet compelling
When I scanned the blurb on the cover of this DVD I thought that this film was a dramatization of the story of Frenchman Jean-Claude Romand from the book The Adversary: A True... Read more
Published on December 21, 2005 by Dennis Littrell
Vincent has a wonderful wife and three kids, a nice house, a decent car and everything else to be considered a successful person. Read more
Published on October 16, 2005 by Anton Ilinski
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