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Time Regained

Time Regained

A Feature film by Raoul Ruiz

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 19/05/1999


    1922. On his deathbed, Marcel Proust is looking through photos, remembering his life. But the real characters mingle with the fictional ones. And gradually, fiction wins out over reality.

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    Actors (70)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Gemini Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

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    International releases (24)

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    "When Paulo Branco asked me to do a script of 'Time Regained' for Raoul Ruiz, I thought he'd dialed the wrong number. Nothing in what I'd done suggested that I was the right screenwriter for this kind of exercise—or madness. I'd read 'Remembrance of Things Past' in a fairly casual way, between the age seventeen and twenty, and I always postponed reading it again, which would have obviously revealed that I'd missed the point.

    "Paulo talked about Catherine Deneuve, who had agreed in principle to play Odette, and about Raoul, who would soon return from Chile with specific ideas, and also about Pascal Bonitzer, who was unfortunately unavailable.

    "And of course in these circumstances, friends always butt in—they can't help pointing out that the likes of Losey and Visconti gave up and that, in the end, trying to adapt Proust for the screen is pure heresy. But I still had to meet Ruiz—'to see his hand,' as they say in poker."

    (Gilles Taurand, Screenwriter)


    Raúl Ruiz achieves the seemingly impossible with this adaptation of the final volume of In Search of Lost Time. It is a film at once wholly faithful to Proust and to the distinctive vision of its director. Inventing a cinematic equivalent to the novelist’s “involuntary memory,” Ruiz creates a permeable fiction in which every image opens on another and every level of the remembrance—from Marcel’s cozy childhood memories to his struggles to recall the past—exists on the same plane. The film is a casting miracle, as the actors (leading figures of the contemporary French cinema) are perfect physical and emotional matches for Proust’s characters: Catherine Deneuve as the aging Odette, Emmanuelle Béart as Gilberte, Vincent Perez as the vain Morel, Pascal Greggory as the effete Saint-Loup, Marie-France Pisier as the braying Madame Verdurin. And John Malkovich, delivering his own French dialogue, finds a soul mate in the grandly decadent Baron de Charlus. For those who know the novel, Ruiz’s film sets off its own chain of memories and associations; for those who do not, it serves as a superb introduction to the shape and texture of the Proustian universe.

    © Dave Kehr, SFIFF 2000

    Full credits (24)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Foreign producers :

    Leo Pescarolo, Massimo Ferrero

    Sound Recordist :

    Philippe Morel

    Voice :

    Patrice Chéreau, Daniel Beretta

    Director of Photography :

    Ricardo Aronovich

    Camera operator :

    Sabine Lancelin

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Bruno Barde

    Sound editor :

    Corinne Rozenberg

    Continuity supervisor :

    Barbara Constantine

    Music Composer :

    Jorge Arriagada

    Costume designers :

    Gabriella Pescucci, Caroline de Vivaise

    Sound mixers :

    Élisabeth Couque-Sibra, Gérard Rousseau

    Assistant directors :

    Antoine Beau, Guillaume Roitfeld

    Author of original work :

    Marcel Proust

    Screenwriters :

    Gilles Taurand, Raoul Ruiz

    Voice-over :

    Patrice Chéreau

    Assistant Operators :

    Olivier Bory, Raphaël O'Byrne

    Production Manager :

    Philippe Saal

    Editor :

    Denise de Casabianca

    Assistant editor :

    Julie Verdoux

    Production Designer :

    Bruno Beaugé

    Foley artist :

    Pascal Mazières

    Sales Agent :

    Jacques-Eric Strauss

    Still Photographer :

    Éric Caro

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Drama, Literary adaptation

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Portugal, Italy

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    Majority French (France, Portugal, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 38 min

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    Dolby DTS

    Posters (1)


    News (2)

    Selections (13)

    Melbourne International Film Festival - 2000

    Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2000)


    French films selected

    Istanbul Film Festival - 2000

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2000)


    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 2000

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2000)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 2000

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 2000)


    Films selected

    Telluride International Film Festival - 1999

    Telluride International Film Festival (United States, 1999)


    Films selected

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


    Out of Competition

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)


    Official Competition - Feature Films