Time Out (L' Emploi du temps)
Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001)

French director Laurent Cantet's sophomore effort is a somber and complex meditation on work -- specifically, how work has become the defining feature of the contemporary individual as well as the quintessential symbol of quotidian… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A haunting psychological drama, Time Out takes a penetrating look at the angst of the modern worker.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Time Out is as serious as a pink slip. And more than that, it's an observant, unfussily poetic meditation about identity and alienation.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Cantet takes his time, letting us become almost comfortable in Vincent's presence, then shocking us with the audacity of his lies.

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Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

Here's a sleepy little treasure folks! Veteran French stage actor, Aurélien Recoing, looms in the film. He is at once foreboding and inviting.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

engaging character study that probes far deeper than American films dare tread

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

A nonviolent yet tragic tale of job alienation and self-worth.

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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

A fascinating, unique exploration of the nature of work.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Greg Muskewitz

Time Out ... manage[s] to remain compelling for all of its austerity and simplicity, acknowledging a strong performance by Recoing ...

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

An intriguing character study and a meditation on the psychology of work and the nature of scams.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A beautiful, haunting piece of social realism, concerning an unemployed father who lies to his family about his new job, as well as to close friends who he… More
John Ballantine
A great French drama. Why do they have it listed as a documentary here? This thing isn't a damn documentary. Aurelien Recoing is fantastic as the man who… More
Stephen Earnest
The first hour of "Time Out" is the most involving portion of the film; after that, it settles into a pretty basic formula that's predictable yet… More