Time To Leave tells the story of Romain, a handsome young photographer who on the face of it has a great life including a loving younger boyfriend, a great job and a roomy loft apartment in Paris. However, his life is far from the perfect appearance.
After fainting during a photo shoot, the well-known and successful fashion photographer Romain (Melvil Poupard) is shocked when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only a short while to live. Choosing not to bother with the treatment, which only gave a slim chance of survival, Romain decides to visit his grandmother (Jeanne Moreau). Without telling those closest to him what has happened, Romain proceeds to alienate his family and his boyfriend.
On the way to visit his grandmother Romain has a chance meeting with a kind waitress Jany (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) at a café. Following his visit to his grandmother, where he received good advice, he once again meets Jani. Jani makes an unusual request of Romain and when he returns home to find his boyfriend has left, Romain changes his attitude to the rest of his life.
“This is the most personal, deeply felt film from the gifted director of “Under the Sand” and “Swimming Pool.” Ozon leaches his melodrama of all sentimentality, and moves us all the more.”
— David Ansen, Newsweek
“As with any Ozon film, Time To Leave comes across with unexpected moments of illuminated stillness.”
— Gene Seymour, Los Angeles Times
“The splendid, painterly melodramas of Douglas Sirk lurk behind every shot, but the tone is essentially pre-Raphaelite, sexy and cold.”
— Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
Did You Know?
Time To Leave was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival and was the first feature film role for Christian Sengewald who played the part of Sasha. Filming Time To Leave was the first time that director Francois Ozon used Cinemascope. Review our Gay Themed Films Here