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Released Runtime Category
2005 85 Drama, Foreign Language, Gay-themed
Director Language
Francois Ozon French
Jeanne Moreau, Melvil Poupaud, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

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What's it About
When gay fashion photographer Romain (Poupaud) learns he is dying from a brain tumor, he refuses treatment and keeps the diagnosis a secret, then proceeds to alienate his lover and family. Finally, he confides in his grandmother (Moreau), whose sage advice helps him turn an unusual encounter with a café waitress (Bruni-Tedeschi) into a serendipitous, planned farewell.
Why we love it
Terminal disease may be a clichéd topic in modern movies, but French director Ozon ("Under the Sand") handles Romain's final days deftly, without once tipping his hand or transforming the film into a mawkish weepie. Poupaud is one of France's more charismatic young actors, and here he's assisted by screen legend Moreau, playing an emotionally with-it grandma anyone would love to have, as well as the superb Bruni-Tedeschi. A transgressive study of mortality worthy of Truffaut, "Time" muses intelligently on those knotty, fundamental issues: how to live, and how to die.   

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"