Quentin Tarantino did his thing with Nancy Sinatra’s version of “Bang Bang - My Baby Shot Me Down”, and François Ozon did his, with Sheila’s* take on that song (interpreted here by the delightful Sébastien Charles) in this scene from 1996’s Une robe d’été (A Summer Dress):
TIME TO LEAVE (TEMPS QUI RESTE, LE)
Director: François Ozon
Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Christian Sengewald
Romain (Melvil Poupard) is a thirtysomething fashion photographer who receives a terminal cancer diagnosis out of the blue. Given a month or two to live, Romain embarks on a stilted journey to say goodbye to people he’s never really said a proper hello to: his boyfriend and his family.
This relatively brief feature plays very much like an extended version of La Petite Mort (The Little Death), Ozon’s short film from 1995, about a dejected gay Parisian photographer Paul, who connects with other men by taking photos of them at the point of orgasm, and who travels out of town to visit his dying father and a long-suffering estranged sister.
Elegant and succinct, Time to Leave covers quite a bit of ground in 81 minutes. Numerous subplots are economically realised, including a lengthy branch off that involves a sultry waitress in search of a sperm donor.