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La Jetée pioneers new storytelling possibilities by shaving an ambitious science-fiction narrative down to its bare essentials, achieving a transporting texture with each still frame. Read critic reviews

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Humans research time travel after World War III devastates Paris.

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  • Feb 05, 2019
    Consisting (almost) entirely of still-shot black-and-white photographs and a male voiceover narration, this is a mesmerizing, poetic and influential photo-roman that uses an intriguing science-fiction concept to discuss memories and our temporal relationship with them.
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  • Oct 20, 2018
    The story is interesting and influential, and I give this short film credit for being groundbreaking in the area of time travel (and/or time loops, time paradoxes, etc). It captures the science fiction aspects and its dystopian elements well, but it also has very humanistic touches in the elusiveness of those little moments in time with someone you love, and how all of us in the end cannot escape time. Unfortunately, the storytelling left me flat both times I watched it. The repetition of still images, the monotone delivery, and slow pace made it tough to fully enjoy. It's a good cure for insomnia though.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2015
    The hallmark of French science fiction films, La Jetée is a time travel romantic drama where a man is being sent back to the past before the apocalypse occurred and he fell in love with a woman. The film is presented with still images and a narration. I got the same feeling as I watched A Trip to the Moon, it's simple yet serene.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2013
    La Jetee is a phenomenal sci-fi movie, and Chris Marker inspired me with this. The story of time is told purely off picture stills and a narrator, but it is more powerful than most films with live actors. Sure this craft has been imitated, but it's never been made as lividly as Marker made it. With in the opening minutes I already forgot that these were just pictures. The story begins complicated, and the concluding made me contemplate everything I've considered to be true. At under thirty minutes the film wastes no time, but it doesn't feel rushed. Absolutely brilliant and memorable.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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