Je t’aime, je t’aime (Resnais, 1968)

Je t’aime, je t’aime (Alain Resnais, 1968)

A film on memory, past relationships, and guilt disguised as a sci-fi. Our “time-traveling” protagonist visits flashes of his past – ocean swimming while his gal relaxes at the side, tidbits from various jobs, moments of pillow talk, outings around the town, and confessions of a dark secret to another woman. Though unconventionally, these flashes form a character and give us insight into what led to the film’s opening scene. However, they’re repetitive at times and after a while they feel long-winded. Also, the editing is so quick it often rattles the tone. But as they continue, they become more expanded, revealing both important events and important emotions; once the puzzle is complete, it’s a heartbreaking full picture. So from intrigued to bored to sympathetic, it’s a very good but flawed watch.  8/10

Je t'aime, je t'aime


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