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Time Regained

Le temps retrouvé, d'après l'oeuvre de Marcel Proust

Directed by Raúl Ruiz
France, Portugal, 1999
Drama, War, Romance
  • French
  • English


Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is on his deathbed. Looking at photographs brings memories of his childhood, his youth, his lovers, and the way the Great War put an end to a stratum of society. His memories are in no particular order, they move back and forth in time.

Our take

Who could ever adapt Marcel Proust? With a rare inspired adaptation of his writing that’s so difficult to transfer from page to screen, the Chilean exile and dream-spinner Raúl Ruiz is up for the task! Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, and John Malkovich lead an all-star cast.

Time Regained Directed by Raúl Ruiz
Proust is a writer whose work defeated such distinguished adapters as Joseph Losey and Luchino Visconti; Ruiz succeeds because his movie is something of a search for Proust’s own search. . . . All about remembering (cinema not least), this luxurious bath in the river of time is, to lift a phrase from Proust, consecrated to "the miracle of an analogy.
February 08, 2018
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One of Ruiz’s best-known films stands as one of the finest literary adaptations of the past 25 years. Time Regained — a majestic yet spirited page-to-screen transfer of the last volume (published in 1927) of Proust’s magnum opus In Search of Lost Time — honors the source material by immediately plunging spectators into a series of time-bending vignettes linked by the vagaries of memory.
December 14, 2016
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One of the most intelligent and substantial films of our day. . . . There is no attempt to follow the order in which these lines appeared in the novel: some snatches of speech may be combined from hundreds of pages apart, but the dialogue is either taken directly from Proust, or paraphrased from the text. In its own way, the film is remarkably faithful to its source material. But it is also faithful to Ruiz’s schema that . . . successive scenes need not connect into one dramatic "flow.
July 01, 2000
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