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| | 2 hr 14 min | Drama

The film tells the story of Vincent, a middle-aged man who is laid off after having spent more than 11 years working for a prestigious consulting firm. Unable to admit to his family that he has been fired, the unemployed executive continues to pretend he is going to the office every day. In reality, Vincent spends his time aimlessly driving the highways of France and Switzerland, reading papers, or sleeping in his car. As the movie progresses, the protagonist invents more and more elaborate lies, throwing himself into a vicious spiral of deceit. In order to sustain his bourgeois lifestyle, Vincent sets up an investment scam and is eventually enlisted into smuggling by career thief Jean-Michel. The 132-minute long film ends when Murielle (Vincent's wife), discovering her husband's "life of lies", attempts to bring him back into the realm of reality. The very last scene, however, suggests that her efforts have failed...

Aurelian Recoing, Aurelien Recoing, Karin Viard, Serge Livrozet, Serge Livozet
Laurent Cantet
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L'Emploi du temps