Portuguese producer Paulo Branco's effort to bring Marcel Proust's monumental multi-volume Remembrance of Things Past
to the screen takes an interesting turn with this second installment an adaptation of volume five, The Captive
. (The series is developing with no particular concern for order: The preceding film, Raul Ruiz's TIME REGAINED, is adapted from the final book.) Belgian director Chantal Akerman and her co-writer, Eric de Kuyper, made some alterations to Proust's original text, changing the names of the two main characters and updating the setting to contemporary Paris. But they succeed in refining the novel's central dynamic to its bare ...