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Le Temps Perdu

Directed by María Álvarez, 2020 Argentina 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.

Program Strand
International Documentaries,
Classification
All Ages
Language
In Spanish with English subtitles
Director
María Álvarez,
Producer
Tirso Diaz-Jares Rueda, María Álvarez,
Cinematographer
Tirso Diaz-Jares Rueda, María Álvarez,
Editor
María Álvarez,
Genre
Women Directors, Seniors, Off-Beat, Literary & Adaptations, Central & South America, Documentary,
Company Credits
Production Company: MVA Films,