Laurent Cantet effectively captures difficult feelings in Time Out, a French film about a family man who pretends to start a prominent job. Vincent (Aurélien Recoing) drives around Switzerland, pretending to be useful, trying to put up a successful façade while he crumbles inside.
Ennui and discontent aren't exactly propelling forces, which is why Time Out falls a bit flat. It isn't that the film is inadequate -- far from it. Like a long stretch of unemployment, too much dissatisfaction can lose its charm.
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