UnLonely Film Festival 6

This Time Away

Nigel is an elderly man living as a recluse, haunted by his past and memory of the family he once had… until an unexpected visitor arrives and disrupts his lonely routine.

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Watch this video to explore the film’s meaning and major themes a bit more. Talking with others about a shared arts experience can enrich our perspectives. Share your thoughts in the comment section, below!

Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

“With this film, I wanted to portray the difficulty it can be for two people to have a relationship, despite (or because) the love they might have for each other. It’s a personal feeling but also something that I believe being quite universal.”

Magali Barbe is a filmmaker based in London. She’s been working in the Visual Effects industry for fifteen years. In 2017, She wrote, directed and co-produced her first short film “Strange Beasts”. It has been selected in 30+ international festivals, won a few awards and got her representation. She has completed her second short film “This Time Away” in 2019 and has written her first feature script that same year. She is repped by UTA (US) and Linda Seifert (UK).

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Join the Conversation

What are the most important characteristics that you want in a caregiver for yourself, or, for your loved ones?


  1. Judy


  2. Anonymous

    Nigel has to realize that he is now in need of someone to help him do the necessary things needed in his every day care.

  3. Anonmyous

    I think all those who lived alone through quarantine could use a robot like Max. I viewed the robot’s role more as vital companionship than caregiving.

  4. Laurie Clark

    Max broke Nigel’s resentment and fear. I wonder if Nigel will now be able to reconnect to his daughter!


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