Swann in Love Reviews

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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!
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.
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]
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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]
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