Time to Leave (Le Temps Qui Reste)
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Time to Leave (Le Temps Qui Reste)
Diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only a short while to live, a successful fashion photographer embarks on one final journey in the second of three films in a trilogy about death and mourning from French director François Ozon (the first entry in the the trilogy was Under the Sand) . After passing out during a particularly grueling photo shoot, high profile shutterbug Romain (Melvil Poupaud) is shocked to discover that his body has been ravaged by a fully metastasized cancer that will soon kill him. Without revealing the cause for his erratic behavior, the shell shocked Romain commences… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a quiet and poignant look at a life as it slips away, seen through the eyes of a character who's not always likable but remains entirely real."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It's affecting."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It's noteworthy for the performances of Melvil Poupard as Romaine and Jeanne Moreau as the grandmother-two people facing their own mortality, and trying to exit this world with grace and dignity."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"It's difficult to feel positive about Romain's acceptance of his mortality, because Ozon hasn't convinced us Romain was that alive to begin with."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Director Francois Ozon, who can define physical desire in a swift gesture or extend a moment of self-reflection with acute stillness, has become more confident and specific with each film."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It does absolutely nothing that previous movies dealing with this subject haven't done."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Sumptuously filmed but rather distant."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"Una exploración muy personal, muy íntima y para nada condescendiente sobre la proximidad de la muerte a edad temprana. Muy buen elenco."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"takes one of the most tired movie cliches of all time -- "I'm sorry, but you only have a few months to live." -- and turns into to a totally fresh look at what it truly means to live"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Those looking for the traditional Hollywood sweetness or payoffs will walk away disappointed, but the rough-hewn film offers riches to those willing to endure its downbeat tale of detachment."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A beautiful, frank and utterly absorbing examination of death."
‑ Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News
"We watch Romain change as he struggles with his mortality and, as he does, we come to care about him."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"One gets the feeling while watching Time to Leave that the feisty director is, for the first time, bored by the story he's telling."
‑ Jon Frosch, Film Journal International
"A touching and haunting film that is more uplifting than its central theme suggests, Time To Leave leaves us with much to reflect upon, and consider."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The story arc from his diagnosis to his death doesn't cover much ground in Romain's life. But his emotional landscape -- the conflicts, the anger, the sadness, the acceptance -- offers much more depth."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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