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An Official Selection at both the Cannes and New York Film Festivals, Raoul Ruiz's Time Regained performs the remarkable feat of bringing the work of Marcel Proust to the screen. With brilliant execution, Time Regained realizes the mixture of space and time, of image and memory, which flows throughout Proust's multi-volume "Remembrance of Things Past." Aided by an outstanding cast of international film stars, including Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Emmanuelle Beart, and Vincent Perez, Ruiz has made a glowing reverie on a passing age that both overwhelms and entertains.Time Regained (the title of Marcel Proust's last volume) opens in 1922, as Proust is on his deathbed, looking through photos and remembering his life. Gradually, we watch as his own experiences give way to the characters in his novel -- fiction eclipses reality. Ruiz, with incredible visual dexterity, shows how the author's creations combine with his own experiences, like slides projected on to the wall of his room. Memories of the idyllic days of the lost paradise that was Proust's childhood alternate with rich recollections of his life in fin de siecle Parisian society. The drama of the Great War, examined in the context of spectacular soirees and grand parties, becomes in Ruiz's hands an elaborate comedy of manners. In Time Regained, Ruiz discovers the impossible--the intangible timelessness that was the object of Proust's novels, blending both the baroque and the surreal. The result is a montage of moving snapshots and feverish dreams that makes the film the ultimate in Proustian cinema, succeeding magnificently where other adaptations of his work have failed. Enriched by stellar performances, Time Regained is a "gorgeous, meticulously crafted spectacle" (Jack Matthews, NY Daily News) that is presented here for the first time, in letterboxed format.
I've read and re-read Proust over the years, and also read a lot of critical work about him. I still find parts of this film utterly baffling, but I keep going back to it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard Leigh
Great distillation film but I cannot figure out how to shut off the English subtitles, technodufus that I am.Published 8 months ago by RR Sugg
Along with Swann in Love starring Jeremy Irons, Time Regained works equally well as a companion piece to the books and on its own. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jonathan Hagerman
This film at best, is nothing but amateurish detritus which not only bores the viewer but makes him contemptuously dislike all forms of snobbery or upper middle class... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bartok Kinski
Spectacular movie that makes a wonderful introduction to Proust. Contains enough prurience to hold the attention of a pop audience, although that sort of may be disoriented by... Read morePublished 21 months ago by L. Allis
It is impossible that Raul Ruiz OR his screenwriter read the book. What we see here is a crass depressing mishmash which totally lacks any relevance to Proust .Published 23 months ago by gail weller
I suspect there is a certain "snob appeal" of being able to say you read a 3,000 page novel in a crowd of literary people, though I'm sure some honestly admire or even relish it. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by mr. contrarian
If you don't know the novel(s) you'll be completely confused (though you could still enjoy the fabulous sets and costumes and the impressive cast), but if you love A la recherche,... Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Patricia Lothrop
Time Regained is nothing less than a feast for both the mind and the senses. First, know that if you have not already read A la recherché du temps perdu, you will not... Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by JT, too.