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Original title
Le Temps retrouvé
Running time
162 min.
France France
Raoul Ruiz, Gilles Taurand (Novel: Marcel Proust)
Jorge Arriagada
Ricardo Aronovich
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Co-production France-Italy-Portugal;
Drama | Costume Drama. 1920s
Movie Groups
Marcel Proust Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
In 1922 France, the writer Marcel Proust is on his deathbed, scenes from the past flashing before his eyes. But what he is remembering is not his own life; he has become the narrator in a past filled with the characters and places of his fictional world. Director and cowriter Raoul Ruiz has fashioned a multilayered, complex, nonlinear examination of a writer who found more fulfillment in literature than in life. The author of the staggering landmark work REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST, Proust was not a literary success in his lifetime; thus, as he is dying, he looks back not on his own life but the marvelous, exciting life of his characters as they wander through the upper echelons of Parisian social and literary circles. This extended roman-a-clef world that Proust built, based on composites of real people, is rife with complicated family relationships, betrayals, and secret romances amid a fin de siecle aestheticism. Ruiz holds nothing back in interpreting a book that is notoriously difficult to film--as the narrator Marcel wanders through this fictional world, actions repeat, characters come to full stops or float effortlessly in the background, set designs change as the camera sweeps back and forth across rooms, and scenes come and go out of linear sequence. The acting, featuring John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Marcello Mazzarella, and Emmanuelle Beart, is as complex and fascinating as the rest of this stunning adaptation.
1999: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
1999: César Awards: Nominated for Best costume design
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