A suicidal man is recruited by a team of scientists to test their time machine, which has previously only been tried on mice. A malfunction in the machine traps him in his past, where he is forced to relive fragmentary pieces of his memories in no discernible order…
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An excuse to shoot a story without any linearity. It lacks all the profound meditation on time and memory of "Hiroshima", "Marienbad" or "Muriel" ("Muriel" being one of Resnais' most underlooked and complex films). The ending has some sense of tragedy and the final shot has a powerful metaphorical resonance. That's about it.
Ah, Resnais once again plundering the mind-vault of an untapped literary resource (Jacques Sternberg, scenarist). T'was his thing. Canny of him. Anyhoo: we are dealing here w/ the most high-concept of ridiculous sci-fi conceits, and we are dealing w/ Resnais, so we are, by default, dealing in absurdity and melancholy. Cool. The power of the form makes forgivable the absurd machinations intended to make it palatable.
DOES ANYBODY know the name of the piece from the scene where they sit and listen to a vinyl? Starts off with blaring industrial sounds but then moves into lush orchestra. Don't think its Penderecki. You can also hear it 55 seconds into this trailer: https://vimeo.com/85986298
Catrine: sem documentos, emprego, família ou amigos, tudo por opção; triste, eternamente triste; a inventar expressões que não existem, como dizer que tem "terror", em vez de dizer que tem medo; adora o sol mas não pode vê-lo porque não consegue parar de pensar que ele vai deixar de existir;