Time Regained
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Raul Ruiz's Le Temps Retrouve/Time Regained is an ambitious attempt to adapt Marcel Proust's masterwork Remembrance of Things Past for the screen. Leaping back and forth in time, the film focuses on Proust (Marcello Mazzarella) as he lies in his death-bed in 1922, trying to close the gaps between his past and present, both in life and literature. Proust discusses the many memorable people he has met, and how their lives intersect with his own, including Odette (Catherine Deneuve), who has been able to use her beauty to manipulate others, and her step-daughter, the cold and distant… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A crashing bore."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"A film that captures the richness of Proust's writing and the peculiarity of his sensibility through an array of unlikely imagery and staging techniques."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"In a Ruiz film one must expect a work that is obscure and mysterious."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The stream-of-consciousness structure effectively captures a mind lost in thought; what it doesn't effectively create, however, is drama."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Moody, opulent, and just decadent enough, Ruiz's film is elegant all over and perverse around the edges, just as it should be."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"The best way to experience Time Regained is to let each vignette become an oar for rowing across the sea of Proust's memories."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"a beautiful, moody dream-piece"
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Inventive and astounding."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Ruiz gracefully weaves through flashbacks triggered by sights, sounds, and thoughts, effortlessly ricocheting from remembrance to remembrance."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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