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Time Regained (1999)




Critic Consensus: 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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An ambitious project of Chile-born, Paris-based Raul Ruiz, this psychological drama brings to the screen the famous classic of Marcel Proust with fidelity to its interior monologues and streams of consciousness. Proust (Marcelo Mazzarella), on his deathbed in his small apartment on Rue Hamelin, is looking through old photos and remembering his life, as real characters intermingle with fictional ones from his novels. The period is 1914-18, when WWI is raging. Hidden in Paris, thanks to his asthma, Marcel Proust wanders into the night. He finds an aging courtesan in Café de la Paix, which is deserted by the curfew. Charlus, the seducer of young boys, is at the Palais des Felicites where he meets his lovers. Gilberte returns alone to Tansonville to evade the confiscation of her chateau by the Germans after the death of her husband at the front. Famous violinist Morel is hiding in a decrepit hotel. The demoralizing effects of war affect all the characters, hastening their decadence or transforming them into caricatures. In the whirlpool of the grotesque specter of war, Marcel finds refuge in his childhood memories to escape the atrocities around him. Death and decadence, the evanescence of human existence, and the relations between space and time are some of the main themes explored in this film, which reflects the works of Marcel Proust in every detail. Raul Ruiz has on his side a very good screenwriter, Gilles Taurand, and an impressive cast: Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich, who have collaborated with Ruiz before, Emanuelle Béart, Vincent Pérez, Pascal Greggory, and the Italian man of theatre, Marcello Mazzarella. Shown in competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

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John Malkovich
as Baron de Charlus
Pascal Greggory
as Saint-Loup
Marie-France Pisier
as Madame Verdurin
Arielle Dombasle
as Madame De Farch
Edith Scob
as Oriane
Georges Du Fresne
as Young Marcel
André Engel
as Teenage Marcel
Dominique Labourier
as Madame Cottard
Philippe Morier-Genoud
as Monsieur Cottard
Laurence Février
as Marcel's Father
Melvil Poupaud
as Prince de Foix
Monique Melinand
as Grandmother
Pierre Mignard
as Marcel as an Adolescent
Lucien Pascal
as Prince De Guermantes
Jerome Prieur
as Monsieur Verdurin
Bernard Paitrat
as Charles Swann
Ingrid Cavan
as Russian Princess
Jean-Claude Jay
as Due de Guermantes
Camille Du Fresne
as Gilberte as a Child
Alain Guillo
as The Great Designer
Xavier Briere
as Marcel's Butler
Bernard Garnier
as Cambremer
Monique Couturier
as Marquise de Villeparisis
Alain Rimoux
as Monsieur Bontemps
Isa Mercure
as Madame Bontemps
Pierre-Alain Chapuis
as Guermantes Butler
Jean-Francois Lapalus
as Head Waiter, Cafe de la Paix
Damien Odoul
as Gaspard, Cook, Cafe de la Paix
Daniel Isoppo
as Hotel Manager, Balbec
Patrice Juiff
as Young Waiter, Balbec
Pascal Tokatlian
as Hotel Bellhop, Balbec
Marine Delterme
as Morel's Friend
Jean Badin
as Rachel's Husband
Mess Hattou
as Monsieur Leon
Alexandre Soulie
as Louis, Military Man
Sébastien Libessart
as Military Man 2
Fabrice Cals
as Workman at Jupien
Jean-Pierre Allain
as Workman at Jupien
Carl de Miranda
as Sailor at Jupien
Herve Falloux
as Monsieur Redingote
as Speaker
as Officer
Rosita Mital
as Old Maid
Tatie Vauville
as Old Maid's Mother
Michel Armin
as Distinguished Client at Jupien
Pierre Vilanova
as Monsieur Rene
Andre Delmas
as Priest at Jupien
Philippe Gauguet
as Jupien's Chauffeur
Serge Brincat
as Waiter, Cafe de la Paix
Yann Claassen
as Military Man, Cafe de la Paix
Bruno Guillot
as Military Man, Cafe de la Paix
Emmanuel Crepin
as Military Man, Cafe de la Paix
Francis Leplay
as Jupien's Employee
Isabelle Auroy
as Madame de Sainte Euverte
Jacques-Francois Zeller
as Marcel's Grandfather
Serge Dekramer
as Marcel's Father
Suzy Marquis
as Old Woman at Gilberte
Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
as Gilberte's Daughter
Georgette Bastien-Vona
as Madame de Marsantes
Rene Marquant
as Monsieur D'Argencourt
Romain Sellier
as Charles' Friend, Cafe de la Paix
Pierre Pitrou
as Photographer
Alexandre Boussat
as Rene, Morel's Friend
Sheila Irubacek
as Vicomtesse de Saint-Fiacre
Bernard Barberet
as One Legged Man
Diane Dassigny
as Pianist, Bal de Tete
Guillaume Choquet
as Violinist, Bal de Tete
Alain Duclos
as Uncle Adolphe's Valet
Christian Magis
as Blind Man
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Critic Reviews for Time Regained

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

Time Regained does not tell a story, and you will be disappointed if you go looking for one... It is not about memories but memory. Yours, mine, Proust's. Memory makes us human.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Even if it lacks the emotional power of Manuel, Time Regained is a lot closer to Ruiz's best work than it is to his worst.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

July 5, 2018 | Full Review…

...he envisaged Proustian time not as a private sensation, but as a fully external, physical and objective "dimension"...This is what makes his Time Regained both hallucinatory and concrete, wayward and exact.

February 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The stream-of-consciousness structure effectively captures a mind lost in thought; what it doesn't effectively create, however, is drama.

January 7, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Time Regained


I can't fault the acting. These folks were trying..but it was terribly boring.

John Ballantine
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