Time to Leave

Synopsis: In Paris, thirty-one-year-old gay fashion photographer Romain learns he has a terminal cancer. As chances with chemotherapy are only slim, he chooses to live the rest of his life without treatment or mollycoddling, hiding the truth from his lover Sasha and his family, being cruel to kindly push them away. He visits his estranged grandmother Laura for a few days and has a small talk with a waitress he chance meets along the way, a waitress who, upon a second chance meeting, asks him for an unusual favor. Romain returns to Paris where he privately puts his affairs in order and awaits the end.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): François Ozon
Production: Strand Releasing
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
81 min

Will you be ready soon?

Half an hour.


Look. We must show this.

No. It's too ugly.

I'm telling you, it's super important.

I can't shoot this crap.

Romain, let me introduce you.

One last light check.

Come on in.

Good morning, doctor.

Please sit down.

How are you feeling?

How did the tests go?

A bit painful,

but I was expecting worse.

Feeling better now.


I asked you to drop by

because I got your results,

And I must say they're not very good.

I got Aids?


...Nothing to do with Aids.

You have a tumor.

A malignant one.


A kind of cancer, yes.

That's the lesions to my liver and lungs?

Yes. Same cause.

What does that mean?

Has the cancer spread?


We'll do everything to cure you.

I will not lie to you.

There's a high risk...

...that the tumor will resist treatment,

and keep growing instead.

Can't it be taken out?


As I told you,

the tumor is spreading in multiple organs.

It's inoperable

What's more, the tests have not identified

the point of origin.

What about treatment?

Drugs, radiotherapy

Drugs, as in chemotherapy?


Out of the question.

A friend of my parents'

died from cancer 2 years ago.

He had chemo, lost his hair,

stopped eating, suffered horribly...

Do not compare.

Each cancer, each chemotherapy is different.

What are my chances for remission?

There's a slight chance,

but it exists.

You are 31. You will fight.

'Slight', does that mean 50%

or 5% odds?

Yes, roughly.

Even less than 5%?

Unfortunately. Yes.

Without treatment,

how long do I have?

Difficult to answer.

We're talking averages here.

In similar cases, 3 months.

But it could be 1 month. Or 1 year.

I don't see the point of heavy stuff

like chemo.

It won't work anyway.

I do not judge you.

You are young;

I would rather you fight.

Even if your chances are small,

they are not nil.

You should grab even a single chance.

But it's your decision,

and I shall respect it.

You fly to Tokyo on the 15th,

you land in the morning.

You shoot the 2pm Vogue swimsuit issue

the very same day.

You take the evening train for Kyoto.

Romain, are you listening?


You sure you want to go?

Of course. Why do you ask?

I don't know.

Lately I find you strange.

It's like nothing interests you.

Of course not. Don't worry.

Maybe you should take some time off,

we cancel the shoots,...

...and you come back in great shape.

You've been telling me how

this is great for my career,

That the financial stakes are high.

Not if you mess the shoots up!

Do you think I'm capable of that?

Sometimes it is best to turn down offers,

so as not to disappoint.

You already approached someone else?


I told Jean-Baptiste.

He'd agree to go, just in case...

Tell him to get f***ed.

I'm going to Japan.

Well, I want to tell you I love you.

I'm very ill and will die soon.

Romain. food's ready!

I'm coming.

Why do you lock up?

Last time you used to always let me in.

These days are over.

I want to ask you something.

What, this time?

Be nice to your sister.

You know she and Alain are not doing great.

Ok. Don't worry.

I know it's not my business,

and I don't want to meddle,

It hurts your sister that you don't show

an interest in her.

You never call her,

you don't talk to her...

You already told me,

you keep repeating yourself!

Then make an effort, that's all.


Thank you.

See how much he's grown?

He's truly adorable.

Amazing how much he looks like you!

Like whom?

Romain. Same nose.

Don't you feel like having one too?

Stop it mum, please...

You already have 2 grandchildren.

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François Ozon

François Ozon (French: [fʁɑ̃.swa o.zɔ̃]; born 15 November 1967) is a French film director and screenwriter whose films are usually characterized by sharp satirical wit and a freewheeling view on human sexuality. He has achieved international acclaim for his films 8 femmes (2002) and Swimming Pool (2003). Ozon is considered to be one of the most important French film directors in the new "New Wave" in French cinema such as Jean-Paul Civeyrac, Philippe Ramos, and Yves Caumon, as well as a group of French filmmakers associated with a "cinema du corps/cinema of the body". more…

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