L'emploi du temps
The character of Vincent is a man who seems somewhat invisible, who appears to blend perfectly into the Back¬ground. He' s a chameleon with the frightening ability to lead a double life... How to run away from everything one has constructed ? From this point of view, TIME OUT (L'EMPLOI DU TEMPS) tells the story of a fantastic escape effort. Vincent's escape, however, is very ambiguous, since he actually doesn't wish to change his life at all. He only wants to free himself from all financial and social traps.
So he opts for an unbearable fabricated position, somewhere between the com-forts of rniddle-class social recognition (family, work, money) and a more troubling world of easy money and shady business. Paradoxically, making up an ideal life will end up being a fall-tune fob for him. From writing through editing, the objective was to create the double subjectivity which makes Vincent the sincerest of liars, an actor of his own life.
Cantet had previously directed the 1997 made-for-television LES SANGUINAIRES for the "2000 Seen By" series. A 1996 graduate of Paris' IDHEC film school, Cantet made two acclaimed shorts, 1995's JEUX DE PLAGE and 1993's TOUS A LA MANIF, a Prix Jean Vigo-winner.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Laurent Cantet
Written by: Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo
Produced by: Caroline Benjo
Cinematography: Pierre Milon
Editing: Robin Campillo
Production Design: Romain Denis
Original Score: Jocelyn Pook
Main Cast: Aurelien Recoing (Vincent), Karin Viard (Muriel), Serge Livrozet (Jean-Michel), Jean-Pierre Mangeot (Father), Monique Mangeot (Mother)
Nominations and Awards
- European Screenwriter 2001