LYDIA DE MATOS reviews Olivier Assayas’s latest film Non-Fiction. Concerned primarily with questions of the transition of media into the digital age, Non-Fiction (2019) is a film which attempts to establish itself as a portrait of modern times, attuned to the current zeitgeist of technological anxiety. However, an inherent contradiction is found in the way director Olivier Assayas chooses to present us with his view of the modern age. Despite marketing itself as a witty, farcical comedy of bored couples engaged in a zig-zagging pattern of affairs that would feel more at home in a Woody Allen film, Non-Fiction predominantly consists of conversations between a group of upper-middle class intelligentsia types; all of whom seem to be almost completely sealed off from the world around them. The farcical cheating simply ends up serving as background noise; a loosely contrived plot to string the series of conversations together.  Vincent Macaigne plays Léonard…Continue Reading

Non-Fiction

THOMAS NGUYEN revisits François Ozon’s 2005 film Time to Leave. At the height of his career as a fashion photographer in Paris, thirty-year-old Romain (Melvil Poupaud) is diagnosed with an incurable cancer. Due to his young age, his doctor suggests that he still fights the disease. The sick man refuses. There will be no hospital, no chemo sessions, no fiery fight against death – omissions that make François Ozon’s 2005 Time to Leave one of the director’s most radical works. Its protagonist exhibits something rare in the realm of terminal illness films: a sober, secular attitude to death that quietly repudiates any sense of mourning. As the film’s original title – Le temps qui reste (‘the time that remains’) – announces, we witness the final months that Romain is afforded to spend among the living. Time to Leave is a refreshing take on mortality in that it does not presume to tell…Continue Reading

Time To Leave