Time Regained
aka Le temps retrouvé
First screened in September 2003 / Most recently screened in May 2020
Director: Rául Ruiz. Cast: Marcello Mazzarella, Emmanuelle Béart, Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Pérez, John Malkovich, Pascal Greggory, Marie-France Pisier, Georges du Fresne, Chiara Mastroianni, Arielle Dombasle, Édith Scob, Elsa Zylberstein. Screenplay: Gilles Taurand and Rául Ruiz (based on the novel Le temps retrouvé by Marcel Proust).

Twitter Capsule: Inspired series of tactics for adapting Proust—no mean feat! Richer dialogue with its source than with its viewers?

Second Capsule: Even those new to Recherche will see much to enjoy: sumptuous mise-en-scène, time warps, optical effects... Just not sure of its storytelling.

VOR:   Lots of tricks Ruiz devises here pay off even more fully in his Mysteries of Lisbon, but ambience, engineering, aesthetic risk-taking mightily impress.

Photo © 1999 Gemini Films/France 2 Cinéma/Les Films du Lendemain/
Blu Cinematografica, © 2000 Kino International

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

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