(aka 'Time To Leave')

Directed by François Ozon
USA 2005

 

  The latest from François Ozon is a typically lean and poised study of impending, untimely death that is as ghostly and unpredictably sketched as the coming of the Grim Reaper himself. Romain (Melvil Poupard) is a 31-year-old gay fashion photographer and not the most likeable man in all Paris; he snaps at his assistants, mistreats his family, snorts copious amounts of coke and is generally quite far up himself. Too bad, then, the more cold-hearted viewer might snort, when he collapses at a fashion shoot and is diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer that’s barely worth treating and given just a few months to live…

How to deal with this news? How (indeed if) to tell family and friends? How to consider one’s suddenly shortened life? Such questions are at the heart of Ozon’s film, but his treatment of them is elliptical, essential and defiantly in the first-person rather than fully realist or weepingly theatrical in the way that a less contemplative, more tear-jerking effort might attempt. Sure, Romain’s attitude to his family softens (there’s a quite special interlude when he spends a night with his grandmother, tenderly played by Jeanne Moreau and the only relation who knows of his illness), but our perspective of Romain’s death, like his life, remains resolutely selfish.

Excerpt from Dave Calhoun's review at TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 16th, 2005 - Cannes Film Festival

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DVD Review: Seville Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Seville Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC
This release is a direct unconverted port (with subs added) of the PAL Region 2 Fox Pathé Europa release located at Amazon.FR here (NO SUBTITLES):

Runtime 1:17:30 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.66 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)  
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Seville Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Making Of (1:16:03)
• Deleted Scenes (18:17)
• Photo Gallery
• Trailer 

DVD Release Date: September 19th, 2006

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Chapters: 16

 

 

Comments:

Firstly this DVD may be improperly priced at Amazon.com (it is $52.19 US!) but you can get it for less than half that at Amazon Canada (translated to $23.73 US) - IT IS THE EXACT SAME DVD. Amazon Canada  DOES deliver to the US. Some middleman somewhere expects to make a huge margin - don't support this behavior - if you are keen buy from Amazon Canada. Barring that Ozon fans who understand French should buy the Amazon.FR Fox Pathé Europa release.

Typical of what we have seen from Seville - this is an unconverted port - meaning it has not been converted from PAL to NTSC and the digital image shows some 'ghosting' - fortunately it is not prevalent and actually looks fairly good considering this frugal production sidestep. The feature has optional English subtitles but they didn't bother following that with the extras - an 1:16:00 'Making of' is in French and has no English subtitles. There are also some deleted scenes, a photo gallery and a trailer.

Overall - on a tube this will look quite sharp but it would have been preferable to have this transferred properly by a more adept company than Seville, but 'as it appears to be the only digital offering of this film with English subs - 'beggars can't be choosers' - as they say.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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