Time Out (L' Emploi du temps)
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Recently fired from his job, but unable to confess the truth to his close-knit family, Vincent spends his days driving around the countryside, talking into his cell phone and staring into space. Vincent fabricates a new job for himself so his family and friends will not know that he is out of work. At one point, he even sneaks into an office building. As Vincent roams the building's sterile halls, peeking into meeting rooms where men are busy at work, we see a man who yearns not just for a new job, but also for a place in the world. While this pantomime of work initially registers as sad… More

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"Time Out is as serious as a pink slip. And more than that, it's an observant, unfussily poetic meditation about identity and alienation."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Cantet takes his time, letting us become almost comfortable in Vincent's presence, then shocking us with the audacity of his lies."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Here's a sleepy little treasure folks! Veteran French stage actor, Aurélien Recoing, looms in the film. He is at once foreboding and inviting."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"From a deceptively simple premise, this deeply moving French drama develops a startling story that works both as a detailed personal portrait and as a rather frightening examination of modern times."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"This film may not restore one's confidence in global capitalism and how it shapes human relations, but for a tonic to restore one's faith in cinema art in a period of diminishing rewards it should not be missed."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"engaging character study that probes far deeper than American films dare tread"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A nonviolent yet tragic tale of job alienation and self-worth."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"A fascinating, unique exploration of the nature of work."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"Quiet and slow-paced, as all the finest French films are, Time Out modestly redefines the psychological thriller."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"Paced like a Chabrol film and just as riveting."
‑ Elbert Ventura, PopMatters
"Laurent Cantet's sophomore film, a brilliant character study of the impact of unemployment on one ordinary man's life and personality, places him at the forefront of a new generation of exciting Gallic directors."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Time Out ... manage[s] to remain compelling for all of its austerity and simplicity, acknowledging a strong performance by Recoing ..."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
"An intriguing character study and a meditation on the psychology of work and the nature of scams."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Locked out, by choice or chance, Vincent strikes a profound chord in this startling, evocative film."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Consistently interesting, often moving, anchored by a nuanced performance by Recoing"
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
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