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Le Temps Perdu

Directed by María Álvarez
102 minutes
All Ages
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An award-winning documentary following a charming group of literature aficionados who have been meeting in the same Buenos Aires café for 20+ years to read Proust’s classic work.
The sizeable, sometimes disorganised, occasionally bickering bunch only read Proust, and only his seven-volume classic In Search of Lost Time (also known as Remembrance of Things Past). Some of them have already read the 3000-page novel several times. As they gather around the table to read passages aloud, at first there are interjections, but gradually calm descends as Proust's words take hold. We watch and listen as they read and debate the content, often with insightful references to their own lives and loves. Filmed over four years, María Álvarez's poetic black-and-white documentary expertly captures the now-ageing group's enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and humour. A winner at Argentina's Mar del Plata International Film Festival.
[Álvarez’s] first sequence begins with Proust’s famous opening lines about going to bed early, the last includes his less-celebrated finale – and then the whole procedure begins again. The same, but not quite the same: as one of the participants notes, ‘reading is a creative act… each reading is different from the one before.’
Neil Young, Screen International
As well as looking great in its own right, Le Temps Perdu could surely provide the impetus, for those who’ve been postponing starting the [Proust’s] books since forever, to finally actually read them. Here, begin now, with line one: ‘For a long time, I went to bed early.’
The Happy Reader


Thu 4 Nov
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sun 7 Nov
Palace Chauvel Cinema
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Sat 13 Nov
Palace Norton Street - Cinema 8
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries, On Demand
Original Title
El tiempo perdido
All Ages
In Spanish with English subtitles
María Álvarez
Tirso Diaz-Jares Rueda, María Álvarez
Tirso Diaz-Jares Rueda, María Álvarez
María Álvarez
Documentary, Central & South America, Literary & Adaptations, Off-Beat, Seniors, Women Directors
Company Credits
Production Company: MVA Films
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