Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003

Time Out, Laurent Cantet, France

When you're out of work you have to keep busy. That's what Vincent (the fascinatingly opaque Aurelien Recoing) does after he's laid off from his position as a white-collar drudge. He drives around, dallies in corporate conference rooms, dreams up a new company and sells shares in it to his family — all because he is loath to tell anyone he's been sacked. This dark, deadpan comedy plumbs the shallows of a man who has been defined by work, and loses his bearings when he loses his job.