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ebs90
Super Reviewer
½ February 23, 2007
A movie based on Marcel Proust's In Search of the Lost Time (excuse me if that is not the English title), more specifically on the book Swann's Way. So obviously it should be slow, and obviously it should be beautiful. There isn't really action, there isn't really a story. It's just a meandering tale in which Charles Swann, played by Jeremy Irons (who could not use his real voice!! And still was amazing!), has a desperate need to sleep with his favorite prostitute. But she's hard to convince... and he cannot sleep, cannot eat, wanders around Paris following her everywhere she goes. Ultimately, the experience develops into a void: what once burnt strongly enough for him to want to die, becomes meaningless, empty, and even repulsive. A very pessimistic, but beautiful movie by Volker Schlondorff. Lesson: Jeremy Irons is the best "longing lover" in the history of cinema.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ December 31, 2005
[font=Century Gothic]"Swann in Love" takes place in Paris in the late 19th century. Aristocratic Charles Swann(Jeremy Irons) is obsessively in love with Odette(Ornella Muti) who has quite the scandalous reputation. Even though he does have very deep feelings for her, he has even deeper questions about her past. Swann makes a personal visit to a brothel to conduct further research.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Swann in Love" is ostensibly about a love affair but is actually a scathing film about the hypocrisies of Parisien society of the time. The polite exterior contrasts with the ubiquitous antisemitism and other cruelties. And I thought the French Revolution was supposed to have solved some of those problems.[/font]
March 6, 2007
Although rather slow, Schlondorff's vision of Proust's work is great, and the period is magnificently captured! Jeremy Irons and Ornella Muti, plus Alain Delon as Charlus!
½ September 7, 2015
good story of a family
June 24, 2014
transports you to another world
March 5, 2011
Just watched this---I think it captures cinematically what Proust was doing in his novel. Interesting film.
January 8, 2011
good costume/historical drama
½ June 30, 2008
Was it really bad? No. Was it worth wasting time to make into a movie? No.
ebs90
Super Reviewer
½ February 23, 2007
A movie based on Marcel Proust's In Search of the Lost Time (excuse me if that is not the English title), more specifically on the book Swann's Way. So obviously it should be slow, and obviously it should be beautiful. There isn't really action, there isn't really a story. It's just a meandering tale in which Charles Swann, played by Jeremy Irons (who could not use his real voice!! And still was amazing!), has a desperate need to sleep with his favorite prostitute. But she's hard to convince... and he cannot sleep, cannot eat, wanders around Paris following her everywhere she goes. Ultimately, the experience develops into a void: what once burnt strongly enough for him to want to die, becomes meaningless, empty, and even repulsive. A very pessimistic, but beautiful movie by Volker Schlondorff. Lesson: Jeremy Irons is the best "longing lover" in the history of cinema.
February 4, 2008
read the book, not sure how it would translate to film, but ALAIN DELON?? I'm seeing this
December 3, 2007
Have seen bits, actually looks really good - captures the timelessness of the book. Nothing happens. Which is as it should be.the person who wrote synopsis wanted to see an action movie, or read a best-seller - maybe they should try a different type of book. it isn't slow, it is still. It's like Bach's chaconne - a microcosm - all life is in there. Pretensious? moi?
½ October 29, 2007
This is an adaptation of the first volume of Proust's "In search of lost time" by V. Schlondorff (if you have not seen his "Legend of Rita" you should).

It deals with Swann (which was a character based on Proust's friend Charles Haas who had a short relationship with the great actress Sarah Bernhard) falling in love with Odette. Schlondorff has good judgement in endowing Swann with certain characteristics of the narrator "Marcel" in Proust's novel. This gives him a chance to ignore the narrator completely in the movie, the inclusion of whom would have made a rather awkward movie.

The casting is one of the best things about the movie, especially Ornella Muti as Odette, and Alain Delon as Baron de Charlus (his delivery of the question to M. Swann of when he will get married with Odette, after Swann's telling Charlus that he has fallen out of love with her, is one of the highlights of the movie).
Although this movie cannot compare with Ruiz's Time Regained and Chantal Akerman's amazing "The Captive" (how the hell did she do that), it is a gift for all Proust lovers. I cannot emphasize the ending of the last sentence enough. It is not an alternative to reading the book. If you have not read the book then you will probably hate the movie as I have discovered by making the mistake of watching the movie with someone who was not initiated to the world of Proust and had to explain the importance and the biography of every other person that appeared on the screen.
October 7, 2007
Well, I have read the book, and the only thing that lifts this monster is Delon being cast as de Charlus - a stroke of genius!
October 4, 2007
l like it? Yes! I like Odette, her character.
½ May 28, 2007
Another flick Id heard such good things about & finally hunted down. Proust & JIrons... yes, yes. Luv JI & AD always.
March 6, 2007
Although rather slow, Schlondorff's vision of Proust's work is great, and the period is magnificently captured! Jeremy Irons and Ornella Muti, plus Alain Delon as Charlus!
September 12, 2006
Jeremy Irons, Ornella Muti, Alain Delon, Fanny Ardant - a fantastic actor ansamble!

This film is much more live and interesting than another film on Prousts's novel "Time regained".

And once again- Proust's novel is not for everybody! Some like it, the majority - not really. So the plot of the film is also special.
I enjoyed it.
Jeremy Irons is great as Swann - perfect cast!
I didn't like Ornella Muti really as Odette.
Alain Delon is great (John Malkovich plays his character in "Time regained")
Fanny Ardant is awesome, but too little of her in the film.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ December 31, 2005
[font=Century Gothic]"Swann in Love" takes place in Paris in the late 19th century. Aristocratic Charles Swann(Jeremy Irons) is obsessively in love with Odette(Ornella Muti) who has quite the scandalous reputation. Even though he does have very deep feelings for her, he has even deeper questions about her past. Swann makes a personal visit to a brothel to conduct further research.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic][/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Swann in Love" is ostensibly about a love affair but is actually a scathing film about the hypocrisies of Parisien society of the time. The polite exterior contrasts with the ubiquitous antisemitism and other cruelties. And I thought the French Revolution was supposed to have solved some of those problems.[/font]
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