Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime (1968)
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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.
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.
...an art-house experiment that completely (and distressingly) squanders its promising setup.
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.
Alain Resnais's film opens on a formally conservative note and proceeds to rip it to shreds.
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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.
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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