Skip to main content

TIME REGAINED

France / Italy / Portugal, 1999 (MIFF 2000, Towering Over The Eiffel – New French Cinema)

Director: Raoul Ruiz

"Marcel Proust's towering classic. The story of an invalid writer facing premature death who retrieves his childhood anxieties and adult frivolities...Time Regained is a tour de force, gorgeous yet stark. That starkness is achieved partly through the constant threat or actual of war which gives an edge to this brittle social comedy"—Sight and Sound

Veteran surrealist Raoul Ruiz faced a monumental task adapting this literary classic for the screen. Ruiz concentrates on the final volume of an epic that captures the mood and foibles of Parisian high society at the turn of the century. The decadence of the upper class forms a humourous mosaic against which to experiment with layers of time, the overlapping of fact, memory and imagination.

The cast is splendid. Catherine Deneuve queenly and raffish as Odette. John Malkovich as Charles carries the same weight as Proust's grotesque but ultimately loveable character. Ruiz's film is visually spectacular. Colours are ravishing and the movements of the camera impart a thrill rarely encountered in cinema.

See also...

MIOTTE BY RUIZ

Over the course of three years, internationally renowned filmmaker Raul Ruiz (Time Regained, MIFF 2000) documented short but extremely intensive sessions with artist Jean Miotte at the painter's ... More »

LOST DOMAIN, THE

With almost 100 film projects to his credit, Raoul Ruiz has a firm place among the great directors of our time. The Lost Domain masterfully blends political and personal themes in a story about ... More »

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resources is an award-winning debut feature from Laurent Cantet which mixes politics and pathos to create a cogent human drama. Franck is a recent business school graduate who returns to his ... More »

WHAT IS LIFE?

Nicholas, the son of peasant farmers, lives with his parents and grandparents on a farm. Their lives are in turmoil. Nicholas' father, Mare, has had to destroy his entire herd of cattle due to an ... More »

NOTHING TO DO

Marion Venroux's highly critically acclaimed new film is a love story with a difference. Nothing to Do recounts the story of Marie and Pierre, two people who work for the same company but are far ... More »

A PORNOGRAPHIC AFFAIR

This controversial film depicts a torrid relationship between two lovers who meet through an advertisement in a porn magazine, intent on sharing a fantasy. Featuring interviews with 'her' and 'him' ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director