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2h 12m 2001

Brief Synopsis

Recently fired from his job, but unable to confess the truth to his close-knit family, Vincent spends his days driving around the countryside, talking into his cell phone and staring into space. Vincent fabricates a new job for himself so his family and friends will not know that he is out of work. At one point, he even sneaks into an office building. As Vincent roams the building's sterile halls, peeking into meeting rooms where men are busy at work, we see a man who yearns not just for a new job, but for a place in the world. While this pantomime of work initially registers as sad and even a little pathetic, it slowly and unnervingly becomes terrifying.

Film Details

Also Known As
Emploi du temps, L'
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
2001
Production Company
Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Auvergne-Rh(nes-Alpes CinTma; Celluloid Dreams; Centre National Du Cinema; Haut Et Court; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
ThinkFilm; A-Film Distribution; Alamode Film; Arthaus (Norway); CinTart; Folkets Bio; Haut Et Court; Mikado Film; Miramax Home Entertainment; Palace Films; Primer Plano Film Group; Thinkfilm
Location
Rhone-Alpes, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 12m

Synopsis

Recently fired from his job, but unable to confess the truth to his close-knit family, Vincent spends his days driving around the countryside, talking into his cell phone and staring into space. Vincent fabricates a new job for himself so his family and friends will not know that he is out of work. At one point, he even sneaks into an office building. As Vincent roams the building's sterile halls, peeking into meeting rooms where men are busy at work, we see a man who yearns not just for a new job, but for a place in the world. While this pantomime of work initially registers as sad and even a little pathetic, it slowly and unnervingly becomes terrifying.

Film Details

Also Known As
Emploi du temps, L'
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
2001
Production Company
Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Auvergne-Rh(nes-Alpes CinTma; Celluloid Dreams; Centre National Du Cinema; Haut Et Court; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
ThinkFilm; A-Film Distribution; Alamode Film; Arthaus (Norway); CinTart; Folkets Bio; Haut Et Court; Mikado Film; Miramax Home Entertainment; Palace Films; Primer Plano Film Group; Thinkfilm
Location
Rhone-Alpes, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 12m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Special Prize for Direction at the 2001 Venice International Film Festival.

Released in United States Spring March 29, 2002

Released in United States April 12, 2002

Released in United States on Video January 14, 2003

Released in United States 2001

Released in United States September 2001

Released in United States January 2002

Shown at New York Film Festival September 28 - October 14, 2001.

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Cinema of the Present - in competition) August 29 - September 8, 2001.

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (in competition) September 20-29, 2001.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (Gala Screening) January 10-21, 2002.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Main Programme) January 23 - Feb 3, 2002.

Inspired by the true story of Claude Romand, a French businessman in the 1990s whose elaborate attempts to conceal his unemployment ended with him murdering his entire family, once he was discovered.

Began shooting October 2000.

Project was shot in two stages, the first part filmed in October 2000 and the second beginning on January 15, 2001.

Released in United States Spring March 29, 2002

Released in United States April 12, 2002 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video January 14, 2003

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 28 - October 14, 2001.)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Cinema of the Present - in competition) August 29 - September 8, 2001.)

Released in United States September 2001 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (in competition) September 20-29, 2001.)

Released in United States January 2002 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Main Programme) January 23 - Feb 3, 2002.)

Released in United States January 2002 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (Gala Screening) January 10-21, 2002.)

Released in United States January 2002 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema) in Park City, Utah January 10-20, 2002.)