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Alain Resnais' time-tripping 1968 sci-fi classic in a new 35mm print

Editor Pick
Editor Pick

Alain Resnais’ 1968 time-tripping classic Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime is in theaters for a short time thanks to a new 35mm print. The film follows the story of Claude Ridder (Claude Rich), a man who recovers from an attempted suicide only to be drafted by an anonymous research group to be a guinea pig in their time traveling experiment. Previously only tested on mice, the contraption sends Ridder back and forth in time to relive the joys and sorrows of a failed relationship. An inspiration for Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, this sci-fi classic is well worth a trip to the theater to see - it's also not available on DVD in this country.

Mindy Bond Editor
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(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.


- Film Forum

Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime

February 14 – 25 Daily, 9:35pm

Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, New York, NY) Map it $13

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