Time To Leave DVD
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Directed by Francois Ozon
Produced in 2005
Main Language - FRENCH with English subtitles
The extraordinarily prolific director François Ozon notches up another trenchant character study, one of his best, although unusually here the focus is on a man rather than a woman. Romain (Melvil Poupaud - excellent), a young, gay photographer, learns he has less than a year to live. He feels unable to tell those closest to him, and attempts to resolve the unfinished problems in his life, possibly finding redemption for a life devoted to selfish hedonism.
Romain is hardly a sympathetic character - he is difficult, cruel, selfish and, when he finally confides his illness to his grandmother (Jeanne Moreau), he touchingly tells her it is because she will die soon too and will therefore understand. Yet this latter scene is the best in the film - Moreau gives the cameo of the year as the still-beguiling elderly woman in a sensitive performance laced with warmth and dry wit. The trajectory of the plot may sound familiar, but the director's skill and rejection of cliché gradually build up to a highly moving crescendo, set - where else for an Ozon film? - on the beach.
Alex Davidson on 14th September 2006
Author of 231 reviews
An incredibly moving depiction of a young gay man's last months after he is told he has inoperable cancer. He realises he has been uncommunative with his family and seeks to improve himself. Poupaud is brilliant as the flawed central character, although even he is upstaged by a marvellous cameo from Jeanne Moreau, still stunning in her 70s.
Publisher: Artificial Eye
Length: 85 mins
Cat No: ART320DVD
Format: DVD Colour
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