À la recherche du temps perdu (film)

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.

À la recherche du temps perdu
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Region 2 DVD cover
Based onIn Search of Lost Time
by Marcel Proust
Written byNina Companéez
Directed byNina Companéez
Theme music composerBruno Bontempelli
Country of originFrance
Original language(s)French
CinematographyDominique Brabant
Editor(s)Michèle Hollander
Running time113 minutes (part one)
119 minutes (part two)
Production company(s)France Télévision
Ciné Mag Bodard
Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)
TV5 Monde
DistributorKoba 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)

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]



  1. ^ a b "Der ganze Proust in einem Film?". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  2. ^ "Schon zu Beginn schwant Unschönes". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "Proust sehen statt Proust lesen: "Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit"". Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  4. ^ "Nina Companeez du côté de chez Proust". Le Figaro. Retrieved July 3, 2012.

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