(out of 5)
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 (Catherine Deneuve stands out as Odette) and Ruiz’s making Proust’s work a dreamy magic lantern show couldn’t be more appropriate.
Directed by Raoul Ruiz
Cinematography by Ricardo Aronovich
Produced by Philippe Saal
Music by Jorge Arriagada
Production Design by Bruno Beauge
Film Editing by Denise de Casabianca