Time Out (L' Emploi du temps)

Rated NR 152 minutes 2002

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 and even a little pathetic, it slowly and unnervingly becomes terrifying.

Film Credits

Director: Laurent Cantet

Writer: Laurent Cantet and Robert Campillo

Producer: Caroline Benjo

Cast: Aurelien Recoing, Karin Viard, Serge Livrozet, Jean-Pierre Mangeot and Monique Mangeot

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