He ran toward her. And when he recognized the man who'd trailed him from the camp, he realized there was no escape out of time, and that that moment he'd been granted to see as a child, and that had obsessed him forever after... was the moment of his own death.
Time travel in the garb of Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (a Marker obsession), with an icily spectral Paris turned into a rumination on memory and loss. Oddly for a film so revered for its visual elan, I think it is the perfectly balanced script and mordant score that elevates it into being exceptional. "Here I was born, and there I died. It was only a moment for you; you took no notice."
Chris Marker's avant-garde short film, LA JETÉE, may be made up almost entirely of still photographs, but its also one of the greatest and most influential science fiction films of all time. A man is sent back in time to try and save humanity before it destroys itself, where he falls in love with a woman he's never met. Marker uses editing and music to make his experiment strikingly cinematic.