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Time Regained

Released May 16, 1999 2h 38m History Drama List
72% Tomatometer 29 Reviews 72% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
The film begins in 1922; Marcel Proust is on his deathbed. Looking through photographs, he reflects on his past, recalling his life and the people he has known and loved. Gradually, the memories of his life are supplanted by the memories of the characters in his novels, and soon, fiction overwhelms reality. The happy days and lost paradise of his childhood alternate with more recent memories of his social and literary life. Read More Read Less

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Time Regained's unorthodox approach to adapting its classic source material is flawed, but the end result remains a curiously compelling drama.

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Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review BBC.com Rated: 4/5 Feb 20, 2002 Full Review J. Hoberman New York Times All about remembering (cinema not least), this luxurious bath in the river of time is, to lift a phrase from Proust, consecrated to "the miracle of an analogy. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Guy Scarpetta Positif More than a film adaptation of Proust, a cinematographically Proustian film. May 3, 2022 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk Ruiz's surreal, allusive approach weaves together more of the novel's themes and plot strands than you would have thought possible. For those not expecting a straightforward, linear narrative, Time Regained is as delicious as a Madeleine dipped in tea. Nov 23, 2020 Full Review Charles Mudede The Stranger (Seattle, WA) The best moment in the film is not in fact from Time Regained, but is the best moment in my favorite of the books, volume five, The Captive. Jul 5, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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William L Time Regained is a difficult film to judge. It's a comprehensive adaptation of the final volume of Marcel Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time', heavily integrating the author's concept of 'involuntary memory' - the idea that certain details serve as stimuli to invite recollection of targeted events. As a result, Ruiz structures the narrative as a series of flashbacks that are radically out of order and complements this design with interesting choreography in which characters and set dressing intermittenly 'float' ethereally, which is really interesting in and of itself (inviting comparisons to films that show the hand of Kaufman or Lynch), but there's a catch or two: there is a rather substantial cast to keep track of that maintain individual relationships in a network, subplots that provide context to each other sporadically, and the content at any given moment is often relentlessly stuffy (and excessively 'French', for lack of a better term). The film is, frankly, dense and long. So now you have to compare Ruiz's clearly comprehensive understanding of his subject, access to sumptuous sets, and targeted artistic vision with just how confusing it often is and how little enjoyment watching it often invites. Reflecting back, I think the strength of its narrative devices does outweigh some of its more obvious detractors, but it's a film I am in absolutely no rush to rewatch. Took me a while to recognize John Malkovich in a heavy French accent and a fake mustache. Wish he had spoken that way in Rounders. (3/5) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/21/21 Full Review s r 1001 movies to see before you die. Despite its visuals, the story was still not one I appreciated. Impressive cast and the moving stationary pieces was unique. It was on Roku. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautifully shot and ambitious beyond its budget as flashbacks are too confusing to those not familiar to the work; beauty of film and cast does not make up for being devoid of any drama Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Serge L The memories of the whole life, out of order. It's like time travel for adult with The Doctor. Complex and intelligent, this film is hard to follow really. More like a series of points made. And travel in the past in France. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/07/18 Full Review Audience Member Here's a film that I adored that I can't recommend without pretty serious disclaimers. Ruiz nominally adapts the final book of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past", but uses the loose structure as an excuse to pick freely from the entire mammoth work. He is clearly attempting to capture the stream-of-consciousness approach of Proust, and I would say he succeeds admirably. What this translates to is a glacially paced 2 1/2 hour trip through various parts of the protagonists life. I found it mesmerizing, but I like slow films that draw me inward. If you don't, the lack of a clear narrative will probably be torturous. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member The stream-of-consciousness structure effectively captures a mind lost in thought; what it doesn't effectively create, however, is drama. Moody, opulent, and just decadent enough, Ruiz's film is elegant all over and perverse around the edges, just as it should be. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The film begins in 1922; Marcel Proust is on his deathbed. Looking through photographs, he reflects on his past, recalling his life and the people he has known and loved. Gradually, the memories of his life are supplanted by the memories of the characters in his novels, and soon, fiction overwhelms reality. The happy days and lost paradise of his childhood alternate with more recent memories of his social and literary life.
Director
Raúl Ruiz
Distributor
Kino Pictures
Production Co
Blu Cinematografica, France 2 Cinema, Blu Film, Centre National de la Cinematographie, Les Films du Lendemain, Le Studio Canal +, Gémini Films, Madragoa Filmes
Genre
History, Drama
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (Theaters)
May 16, 1999, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 1, 2019
Box Office (Gross USA)
$467.2K
Runtime
2h 38m
Sound Mix
Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, DTS, Surround
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