Time Regained (Le Temps retrouvé)

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Director : Raul Ruiz
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Dominique Labourier, Emmanuelle BĂ©art, Jean Badin, John Malkovich, Pascal Greggory, Vincent Perez
Country : France
Genre s : Cannes, Period Drama, World Cinema
Type: Color
Year: 1999
Language: French w/English subt.
Length: 158
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1


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 "Remebrance of Things Past." Aided by and outstanding cast of international film stars, including Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Emmanuelle Béart and Vincent Perez, Ruiz has made a glowing reverie on a passing age that both overwhelms and entertains.

Time Regined (the title of 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 eclipsing reality. Ruiz, with incredible visual dexterity, shows how the author's creations combine with his own experiences, like slides projected onto the wall of his room. Memories of the idyllic days of the lost paradise that was Proust's childhood alternate with the rich recollections of his life in turn-of-the-century Parisian society. The drama of the Great War, examined in the context of spectacular soirées 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.

with: Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, John Malkovich, Vincent Perez, Pascal Greggory, Marcello Mazzarella, Marie-France Pisier, Arielle Dombasle, Chiara Mastroianni.


"Spectacular...ravishing...a tour de force. As near as anyone could have hoped to the holy grail of Proustian cinema." - Sight and Sound

"An exquisite triumph!" -Chicago Tribune

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