Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes

Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime (1968)

Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime




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In this provocative sci-fi drama from Alain Resnais, a man wakes up in a hospital after an attempted suicide. He has invented a time machine that has proven effective, but only transports the subject back in time for one minute. Upon his release, he gets his hands on the machine to go back to a time he fondly remembers spending with a woman he apparently has feelings about. The two stroll on the beach before she leaves for Scotland. He follows her, but tragedy ensues and it is not clear if he has killed her or if she died an accidental death. The time-machine angle of the film features a dreamlike series of flashbacks making it unclear if the action is presently unfolding or is merely a vague memory from the past. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest
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Box Office: $67.5k

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Critic Reviews for Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

It is a tragedy of human existence to be helplessly aware of time's passing, and to lose time during the act of longing for it. Something in this is also funny.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

What separates us from the beasts, the movie implies, is our capacity for emotion-as much our undoing, finally, as it is a saving grace.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic art-house experiment that completely (and distressingly) squanders its promising setup.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

Resnais's interest lies in how [a] steady drip of quotidian moments can be individually parsed and how the steadiness endows the material with dimension and weight.

Full Review… | February 25, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

Alain Resnais's film opens on a formally conservative note and proceeds to rip it to shreds.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Slant Magazine

A near-abstract quilt of echoing lines and harmonies, altogether dazzling, virtually unseen yet immensely influential

Full Review… | August 1, 2010

Audience Reviews for Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime


In "Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime," a group of scientists have concluded a successful time travel experiment with mice(probably because according to 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,' they are in fact pandimensional beings) and are now looking for a human subject. The computer has selected Claude Ridder(Claude Rich) and have to wait for him to recover from a suicide attempt in order to proceed. Once they do, however, things do not go as planned, as he takes longer to return from the past than hoped for, leading the scientists to try and contact Dean Stockwell...

"Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime" is a science fiction movie wherein Alain Resnais uses the time travel sub-genre in order to indulge his obsession for jump cuts in a story that is pretty much the ultimate guilt trip, after a talky opening set-up, that is. Yes, the movie does sort of resemble the way memory jumps around the place but the movie still lacks much in the way of depth. A lot of this is due to the affectless performance from Claude Rich meant and failing to simulate depression but then his character is not the only one who shows no emotion at the possible huge accomplishment of journeying through time.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


I'm afraid I found this a rather disappointing outing from the dude that made such masterpieces as Marienbad and Muriel. The concept while compelling is flawed from the start. I guess Resnais took a cue from La Jetee in all the time travel idea, though the whole sci/fi backdrop is handled in a much more mundane and dorkish way. The difference between this and La Jetee, and what I thought was the main problem was that the paradox in La Jetee works whereas it doesn't here. Whereas La Jetee comes full circle, this one break apart. Also I didn't find most of the reliving the past/memories here to be compelling technically nor emotionally, which is probably due to Resnais overdoing fragmentation of the flashbacks, draining them of the emotional context that would have been there had the editing been more of a associational form or had been presented in larger chunks. And what's up with all the surreal stuff thrown in?

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