‘Le Temps Perdu’ Review: Proust Club

On the very least, María Álvarez’s “Le Temps Perdu” may give hope to anybody who has all the time meant to complete — or begin — Proust. Shot virtually totally in a Buenos Aires cafe, the comfortable black-and-white documentary sits in with a gaggle of seniors who collect to savor “In Search of Misplaced Time” in Spanish translation. They’ve gone by way of the novel a couple of occasions, assembly for practically 20 years.

Seated round a desk, the women and men learn aloud from what appear to be laminated printouts from the beloved multivolume ebook. They muse over sure passages and share echoes with their each day lives: the enduring reminiscence of a late husband’s smile, or a hospital go to the place madeleines have been on the menu. One man retains explaining that his daughter is known as Albertine, like the important thing character within the ebook who’s the narrator’s romantic obsession.

The movie, maybe like a sure author, seeks out the nexus between the quotidian and the transcendent within the group’s exercise, ebook ended by poetic montages and liberal use of Debussy’s “Syrinx.” There’s some poignancy and amusement in how the experiences of time and love transpire within the novel and within the readers’ lives. (The film might be greatest seen in a cinema, one other communal area.)

You couldn’t ask for richer studying materials, even when the movie doesn’t fairly stay as much as the promise of its premise. Consider it or not, there’s already stiff competitors: an identical documentary from 2013, “The Joycean Society,” tackles “Finnegans Wake” in just below an hour.

Le Temps Perdu
Not rated. In Spanish with subtitles. Working time: 1 hour 42 minutes. In theaters.

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