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Time to Leave (2006)



Critic Consensus: A reflective look at our own mortality through the experience of a middle-aged French man, Time To Leave manages to pull at our heart strings without resorting to cliches, and leaves a lasting impression.

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A handsome, successful fashion photographer learns that he has a malignant brain tumor that will soon kill him. Hiding his diagnosis, he alienates his family and his young boyfriend, but during a short stay with his grandmother, his vulnerability is met with a big heart and sound advice. A chance encounter with a roadside café waitress results in an unusual bargain that provides a happy, playful dimension to the proceedings.


Ugo Soussan Trabelsi
as Romain as a Child
Alba Gaïa Bellugi
as Sophie as a Child
Thomas Gizolme
as Assistant Photographer
Hisano Komine
as Make-Up Girl
Amanda Ericsson
as Mannequin 1
Anna Sherbimima
as Mannequin 2
Yvette Maillard
as Woman at Font
Jemmy Walker
as Praying Woman
Rebecca Convenant
as Woman on the Train
Noan Labrousse
as Child of the Woman on the Train
Noé Chadaigne
as Sophie's Child
Tobias Brahmst
as Young Man in the Backroom
Patrick Perrier
as Man in the Backroom
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Critic Reviews for Time to Leave

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (28)

Time to Leave strikes a certain register of restrained placidity, yet in the end, succumbs to more and more frequent idealizing interludes.

March 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

February 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

November 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It does absolutely nothing that previous movies dealing with this subject haven't done.

October 20, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Modern audiences are more likely to find the character's behavior to be extremely frustrating, undercutting any sympathetic response one might have for his situation.

September 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The entire film is a balancing trick, with scenes of potential banality redeemed at the last by a subtle twist or subversion. In their conflicted expressions, the performers prove themselves experts at their own high-wire acts.

September 28, 2006

Audience Reviews for Time to Leave


A perfunctory, soulless drama about a selfish man who finds out that he is terminally ill and becomes completely distasteful, impossible to relate to in any level. Even worse, most of the actors are bad and the end only shows that the director didn't really have anything to say.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A very moving French film. There wasn't any hollywood type spin to make it extra dramatic, or extra sad...and because of that, the sincerity of the interactions were much more powerful, in my opinion. Quiet, slow, yet not boring. Touching...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Moving french film of life in the face of impending death.

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

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