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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A puzzle movie with pieces deliberately withheld, Je t’aime je t’aime is less a problem to be solved than an experience to sink into, as Ridder fatally luxuriates in a time machine that’s both womb and tomb.
February 05, 2016
The narrative is emotionally involving, staged with Resnais’s customary resistance to flatulent sentiment—often misconstrued as a “cold” sensibility when it actually represents a passion so great as to resist platitude. But the film’s soul truly emerges through its incredible editing syntax, which anticipates the formal grammar of mysteries such as Don’t Look Now and Mulholland Drive.
it’s a criminally underappreciated genre piece, a radical and heartbroken experiment in which the filmmaker’s fascination with memory-as-story-in-flux gets an aerobic workout via that most fecund of science fiction ideas: time travel.