TIME TO LEAVE

In Francois Ozon's profoundly moving new film, Romain (Melvil Poupaud), an arrogant gay fashion photographer, learns from his doctor that he is dying of terminal cancer and only has a few months left. He purposely cuts his emotional ties with his boyfriend and family. The only person he confides in is his grandmother (Jeanne Moreau), whom he visits in the country. "I'm not a nice person," Romain admits to a waitress (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) and he isn't, but his journey to acceptance and peace is handled with such delicacy and power by Ozon that one leaves the theater in a hushed silence, overwhelmed by the film's power and poetry.

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