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Film / Time to Leave

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Time to Leave (Le Temps qui reste) is a 2005 French drama film directed by François Ozon, starring Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

Romain (Poupaud), a gay photographer, hears that he has cancer and is terminally ill. He does not tell anyone, except his grandmother Laura (Moreau).

Time to Leave provides examples of:

  • Bury Your Gays: Romain, the protagonist, is gay. His days are numbered.
  • Friend to All Children: Romain likes taking care of his nephews. His mother notices it.
  • Granny Classic: Played straight because Romain confides in her grandmother about his illness and she gives him advice. Subverted because she tells him about her reaction when her husband died: she abandoned her son (Romain's father) and she had many lovers.
  • Happy Flashback: There are several flashbacks about Romain's childhood memories (he plays with his sister, he makes practical jokes...).
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Jany cannot have a child, because her husband is infertile.
  • Secret-Keeper: Romain's grandmother is the only one who knows that he is terminally ill.
  • Secretly Dying: Romain is terminally ill, but he does not tell anyone, except his grandmother.
  • Three-Way Sex: Romain has sex with Jany and her husband. Jany does it because they want to have a child and her husband is infertile.
  • The Topic of Cancer: Romain is diagnosed with systemic cancer. His days are numbered.
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Flame: Romain goes to a gay club. In the backroom, people are having sex.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Romain hears that he has cancer. The doctor tells him that he has has approximately three months to live, but it can be one month or one year.

Alternative Title(s): Le Temps Qui Reste