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485 Ratings

Time Out

L'emploi du temps

Directed by Laurent Cantet
France, 2001


An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.

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Time Out Directed by Laurent Cantet

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2001 | 2 wins including: Don Quixote Award

Independent Spirit Awards

2003 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

Having endured many years of the rat race first hand, I was overwhelmed on first viewing by its subtle observational power and the lyricism with which it cloaks its rage. I have never been able to get Time Out out of my head: I keep revisiting it, I see it in other films—it’s like a flickering firefly, which, after a decade of life, refuses to go out.
April 12, 2013
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The marvel of the film is that, like its hero and his literary cousins, it’s simple to the point of being insipid, yet what it winds up saying proves to be bottomless—a conclusion one might arrive at only long after seeing it.
April 19, 2002
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