LE TEMPS RETROUVÉ, D’APRES L’OEUVRE DE MARCEL PROUST / MARCEL PROUST’S TIME REGAINED

It stands to reason that only Raoul Ruiz, a director utterly free from
conventional approaches to representing time and space, could do jus-
tice to Marcel Proust’s monumental In Search of Lost Time. For Ruiz’s
accomplishment in Time Regained is not only to deliver a surprisingly
profound yet accessible digest of Proust’s themes and leading char-
acters, but to create a self-standing, utterly captivating film that adds
an original vision of cinema to Proust’s meditations on the passage of
time, the construction of memory, and the evolution of relationships
and society. Working from the structure of Time Regained, the final
volume of Proust’s opus, Ruiz intertwines and layers different times
to provide a panoramic view of all seven volumes of the novel, driven
by a superb attention to period detail and a stellar, at times surprising
cast (John Malkovich as Charlus!). Naturally, Ruiz is forced to pick
and choose from the profusion of motifs in Proust; his emphasis on
the wartime setting of Time Regained and the history of gay mores
provides fresh insight. For those who have not read the novel, Ruiz’s
epic achievement is an irresistible invitation. For those who have, it is
an opportunity to plunge deeper into Time.

DIRECTOR
Raúl Ruiz

SCREENPLAY
Gilles Taurand
Raúl Ruiz

CAST
Catherine Deneuve
Emmanuelle Béart
Vincent Perez
John Malkovich
Marcello Mazzarella
Chiara Mastroianni

DETAILS
Drama
French
115 min.
France, 2017
DCP, Blu-Ray

DISTRIBUTOR
KimStim

PRICE RANGE
$300-$500