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.

Consider This

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!

  5. Grace

    Yes, I to viewed the robot’s role as companionship; easy, non-demanding companionship.

  6. Anonymous

    It’s about not giving up on someone, if one way to reach someone isn’t working try something else. A beautiful story of love and hope.

  7. Betty

    It’s about not giving up on someone, if what you are doing is not helping, try something else. A touching, beautiful story of love, hope and perseverance.

  8. Lisa

    Utterly enchanting. Like Grace, I was struck by the power of the robot’s ability to quietly “hold space” for Nigel. It’s the easiest thing and the hardest thing to do for others.


    OMG—so touching!!! I fell in love with Max right away.
    The daughter found a way to watch over the father she loves!!!
    I forwarded the video to a bunch of my friends —thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Laurie A Theeke

    This film is terrific. Really demonstrates how human beings can perceive empathy and caring from actions that demonstrate knowing and caring. I could watch it again and again and I enjoyed the ending..

  11. Ellen

    A lovely and heartwarming story. I love how the robot, Max, interacted with Nigel and how Nigel came to accept him and his companionship.


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