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

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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, Rovi

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

All Critics (7) | 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.

Feb 11, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 11, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
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One has never been more aware of Resnais exploring time through timing: matchless editing, an unfailing instinct for the duration of a shot.

Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

...an art-house experiment that completely (and distressingly) squanders its promising setup.

May 15, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 25, 2014 | Full Review…

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

Feb 10, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

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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.

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