One of the most intelligent and substantial films of our day. . . . There is no attempt to follow the order in which these lines appeared in the novel: some snatches of speech may be combined from hundreds of pages apart, but the dialogue is either taken directly from Proust, or paraphrased from the text. In its own way, the film is remarkably faithful to its source material. But it is also faithful to Ruiz’s schema that . . . successive scenes need not connect into one dramatic "flow.
July 01, 2000