by Raúl Ruiz

Raúl Ruiz's most ambitious literary adaptation and considered his greatest cinematic achievement.  An Official Selection at both the Cannes and New York Film Festivals and starring an outstanding cast of international film stars, including Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Emmanuelle Beart, and Vincent Perez, Ruiz’s TIME REGAINED distills all of Marcel Proust’s iconic In Search of Lost Time into a single epic feature.


The film opens in 1922, as Proust is on his deathbed pouring through old photographs that summon the events of his life. Gradually, we watch as his own experiences merge with his own literary creations.  Idyllic memories of youth alternate with rich recollections of 19th century Parisian society where the drama of the Great War and the anxieties of the emerging modern era are skewered in the spectacular staged soirees and lush grand parties. In Ruiz’s deft cinematic hands the film becomes a phantasmagorical comedy of manners as well as a powerful reflection on cinema’s ability to seize and preserve moments of time. The result is a montage of moving snapshots and feverish dreams that makes the film the ultimate in Proustian cinema.


Lovingly restored and remastered by Le Petit Bureau with support from the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image anime (CNC, France) and enriched by stellar performances, TIME REGAINED is a “gorgeous, meticulously crafted spectacle” (Jack Matthews, NY Daily News).


    Year: 1999

    Country:  France

    Runtime: 163 mins

    Color: Color

    Language: Franch

    Subtitles: English



    Executive Producers:

    Paulo Branco

    Associate Producers

    Massimo Ferrero

    Leo Pescarolo


    Raúl Ruiz


    Gilles Taurand, Raúl Ruiz

    Editor :

    Denise de Casabianca

    Director of Photography

    Ricardo Aronovich


    Philippe Morel


    Jorge Arriagada



    Odette de Crecy – Catherine Deneuve

    Gilberte – Emmanuelle Béart

    Morel – Vincent Perez

    Le Baron de Charlus – John Malkovich

    Marcel Proust – Marcello Mazzarella

    Albertine- Chiara Mastroianni


    “Time Regained” is also a triumph of classical cinematic values, reviving Proust’s era with an obsessive attention to detail: the trim of mustaches and the cut of collars, a cortège of umbrellas straight out of a painting by Renoir, and hypnotically opulent furnishings seemingly borrowed from movies of the era."

    - Richard Brody, The New Yorker


    Time Regained remains his most ambitious and elegant film. It is quite remarkable in its scope – a true trademark not just of Ruiz’s work, but Proust’s too.

    - Grace Banks, Little White Lies


    “Gorgeous, meticulously crafted spectacle”

    - Jack Matthews,  NY Daily News




    Cannes Film Festival, 1999

    Telluride Film Festival, 1999

    Göteborg International Film Festival, 1999

    New York Film Festival, 1999







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