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JE T’AIME, JE T’AIME
$7.50 Member $13.00 Regular
Directed by ALAIN RESNAIS
New 35mm Print!
(1968) Recovering after a suicide attempt, Claude Rich (Best Actor, San Sebastian Film Festival) is obviously the perfect guinea pig for a sedulously anonymous corporation’s tentative attempts at time travel — what could go wrong? After all, the mouse came out okay. And maybe, when he goes back a year, he can re-live one particular minute. Resnais’ switch into science fiction continues his theme of time (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad) as Rich’s memories — thanks to the obligatory unaccounted-for glitch — flips back and forth in time in tiny bits and pieces, although returning again and again to a Riviera Beach and to a bed-sitter in Glasgow, sometimes in alternate, and even surreal, versions. A major influence on Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Resnais’ highly experimental attempt to encompass a life totally via non-linear impressionism has never been on DVD in this country. Approx. 91 min. 35mm.
A FILM DESK/BLEEDING LIGHT FILM GROUP RELEASE
"A MAGNIFICENT FILM! In Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime, Claude’s journeys into the past resemble nothing less than memory — fragmented, inconstant, taunting, joyous and heartbreaking. We are, the movie reminds us, what we remember, with a consciousness built from reminiscences that flicker, fade and repeat, flicker, fade and repeat. It’s no wonder that movies enthrall us! Cinema is a time machine, and, as he has long proved, from Last Year at Marienbad to Muriel and beyond, Mr. Resnais is its ultimate time traveler."
– Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A MASTERPIECE!… You can see why Michel Gondry cited this as a major influence on his sci-fi romance, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, though Resnais’s effects are even more gloriously handmade...Few films make you feel like the protagonist’s destiny hangs on every edit."
– Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
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"Perhaps the most successful rendering of memory ever to grace the silver screen, this time-travel film makes for a cinematic experience quite unlike any you’ve ever had. If Je t’aime, je t’aime were only its engrossing conceit, it’d still be one of the profoundest sci-fi flicks ever made, but because Resnais uses the narrative’s temporal gimmickry as an instrument by which to examine love and its psychic consequences unsentimentally, the film is a monumental achievement, as heady as it is overwhelmingly moving."
– Dan Sullivan, The L Magazine
– Veronika Ferdman, The House Next Door
"ALTOGETHER DAZZLING! Virtually unseen, yet immensely influential."
– Fernando Croce, Cinepassion
“A failed suicide agrees to become a guinea pig for scientists exploring time travel and is caught, not just in a given moment, but in an infinite variety of given moments, all variations on one another. And time’s winged chariot will never come to his rescue. Resnais is obsessed with time, and perhaps with a profoundly Marxist sense of history as the nightmare from which man is trying to awaken... People weren’t then ready for this quiet mixture of science fiction with a love story as subtle as anything in Rohmer or Rivette. But with Marker’s La Jetée and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, it is part of a holy trinity of meditations on the horrors of eternal life.”
– Raymond Durgnat
“There is a great deal to be moved by in Je t’aime je t’aime... The true subject is not what we know about the hero’s life, but what we can never hope to learn. Like the mouse that accompanies Rich for part of his time journey... he is locked into a past that is inexpressible and irredeemable, and the beauty of the film resides in its capacities to convince us of this. The emotional conviction of this intensity is felt behind and between the images more than within them, but we cannot deny its palpable presence.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum
“Poetic... a sensationally well-edited succession of flashbacks. As a sci-fi love story it recalls Marker’s La Jetée and anticipates Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris remake.”
– J. Hoberman
“One of Resnais’ most underrated explorations of the tone of time and memory. On one level a witty sci-fi adventure, on another a poetic apprehension of man’s helpless entrapment by time, perfectly summed up by the extraordinary last shot.”
–Tom Milne, Time Out (London)