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by Raoul Ruiz


Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is on his deathbed. Looking at photographs brings memories of his childhood, his youth, his lovers, and the way the Great War put an end to a stratum of society. His memories are in no particular order, they move back and forth in time. Marcel at various ages interacts with Odette, with the beautiful Gilberte and her doomed husband, with the pleasure-seeking Baron de Charlus, with Marcel's lover Albertine, and with others; present also in memory are Marcel's beloved mother and grandmother. It seems as if to live is to remember and to capture memories is to create a work of great art. The memories parallel the final volume of Proust's novel.

original title: Le temps retrouvé, d'après l'oeuvre de Marcel Proust
country: Italy, France, Portugal
year: 1999
genre: fiction
directed by: Raoul Ruiz
film run: 169'
release date: FR 16/05/1999, PT 08/10/1999, BE 20/10/1999, UK 07/01/2000, GR 21/01/2000, SE 29/01/2000, IT 14/04/2000, NL 10/08/2000, DE 18/01/2001, CH 05/07/2001, CZ 24/01/2002, DK 13/08/2003, HU 27/11/2003
screenplay: Gilles Taurand, Raoul Ruiz
cast: Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, Vincent Perez
cinematography by: Ricardo Aronovich
film editing: Denise de Casabianca
art director: Bruno Beaugé
costumes designer: Caroline de Vivaise, Gabriella Pescucci
executive producer: Paulo Branco
associate producer: Massimo Ferrero, Leo Pescarolo
line producer: Philippe Saal

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