Time Regained (Le temps retrouvé, d’après l’oeuvre de Marcel Proust) (1999)

RAOUL RUIZ

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/Italy/Portugal1999.  Gemini Films, France 2 Cinéma, Les Films du Lendemain, Blu Cinematografica, Madragoa Filmes, Eurimages, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Procirep.  Screenplay by Raoul Ruiz, , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1999.  

Marcello Mazzarella (centre) and Arielle Dombasle in Time Regained

Sometimes tough to follow but richly rewarding adaptation of one part of Marcel Proust’s supposedly unfilmable “Remembrance Of Things Past”. As he lies dying in bed, Proust recalls all the many relationships, lovers and friends alike, real and fictional, that he has come across throughout his life. Director Raoul Ruiz’s camera fluidly travels through each scene, giving no strong sense of reality or continuity, only the random memories of a dying man trying to travel back to his happiest days. The production is perfectly designed, the performances all haunting and poetic ( stands out as Odette) and Ruiz’s making Proust’s work a dreamy magic lantern show couldn’t be more appropriate.

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