Time Regained
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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… 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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