À la recherche du temps perdu (film)

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À la recherche du temps perdu
À la recherche du temps perdu (2011 French DVD cover).jpg
Region 2 DVD cover
Based on In Search of Lost Time
by Marcel Proust
Written by Nina Companéez
Directed by Nina Companéez
Theme music composer Bruno Bontempelli
Country of origin France
Original language(s) French
Cinematography Dominique Brabant
Editor(s) Michèle Hollander
Running time 113 minutes (part one)
119 minutes (part two)
Production company(s) France Télévision
Ciné Mag Bodard
Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)
TV5 Monde
Distributor Koba Films (DVD)
Original release
  • 9 January 2011 (2011-01-09) (Switzerland: RTS Deux)
  • 1 February 2011 (2011-02-01) (France: France 2)
  • 31 August 2011 (2011-08-31) (DVD)
  • 29 June 2012 (2012-06-29) (France/Germany: Arte)

À la recherche du temps perdu is a 2011 television film by Nina Companéez, based on Marcel Proust's seven-volume novel In Search of Lost Time.

The two-part film attempts to cover the entire novel with the exception of the first volume, Swann's Way—the narrator's childhood and the story of Charles Swann are only briefly mentioned, the latter having already been previously adapted as Swann in Love (1984) by Volker Schlöndorff.[1]

Critical reception was mixed, with e.g. German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung questioning the wisdom and feasibility of filming the novel in its entirety at all.[2] The review in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung pointed out the staginess of the adaptation and found Micha Lescot's slightly tongue-in-cheek performance as the narrator somewhat lacking.[1] Der Tagesspiegel on the other hand praised the adaptation, in particular for its visual opulence and Micha Lescot's acting.[3] Le Figaro also lauded the telefilm both for its screenplay—which it considered accessible in style yet true to the tone of the novel—and the performances, especially by Micha Lescot, Didier Sandre, and Dominique Blanc.[4]



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