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2,916 Ratings

Sans soleil

Directed by Chris Marker
France, 1983


An experimental travelogue, Sans soleil weaves together footage from all over the world to take the viewer on a philosophical journey into the nature of time and memory.

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Sans soleil Directed by Chris Marker

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1983 | 2 honorable mentions including: OCIC Award (Forum of New Cinema)

BFI London Film Festival

1983 | Winner: Sutherland Trophy

The New York Film Festival


Cine//B Film Festival


What are people saying?

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film Sans soleil

    Overwhelming. Often opaque, but necessarily and compellingly so; it makes you feel like a tourist among your own species. The futility of film: we're desperate to capture and preserve emotions, images, times, places, people, but all we can do is filter and repackage experiences. We toil for imitations that will never fully satisfy.

  • kartina obskura's rating of the film Sans soleil

    how people who don´t make photos and films remember, he wonders. and i´ve been wondering throughout the film, how much the atmosphere and entire film at that matter, would be different if only narration was different. what is the filmed image without our relation to that image? and our relation can´t be digitized and stored in some archives where no one even wipes the dust. if image is a symbol, a code, a language

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Sans soleil

    About halfway in I realized I had seen this movie before, but never knew what it was. I caught dribs and drabs and thought it a documentary on Japan. It's way more than that. It's a cultural comparison and spoken meditations on what we can and cannot know or understand. It bewilders me a bit how Japan went from Samurai swords to 'Hello Kitty'.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Sans soleil

    Influential essay film from director Chris Marker that represented the closest to the mainstream he wandered since 'La Jetee' in '62. Mainstream in the sense that it actually found an audience internationally. 30 plus years later still an engaging, interesting and thoughtful work full of memorable images both shot and appropriated.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Sans soleil

    Sans Soleil eludes traditional categorization, but this is an astounding work of mixed-media art. Chris Marker weaves an intimate personal essay linking human experience across many places and various understandings of time. Themes of memory and the banality of life are especially prominent, and the juxtaposition of images is just remarkable. "I spent the day in front of the tv - that memory box."

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Sans soleil

    See this masterpiece by Chris Marker and it will completely change what you ever thought a documentary can be. Don't even ask me what this is a documentary about. To say that it is about "memory" is too vague, it is so much more than that. Perhaps it is about how our culture allows us to process memories that people have in common. I don't really know. Just watch, it's incredibly eloquent without being too specific

  • Xavier Coronel's rating of the film Sans soleil

    "The process of making films in communion with oneself, the way a painter works or a writer, need not now be solely experimental. Contrary to what people say, using the first-person in films tends to be a sign of humility: 'All I have to offer is myself'." Chris Marker, 1997.

  • Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film Sans soleil

    Part documentary, part travelogue, part found footage essay, Chris Marker's free form meditation on time and memory is at turns frustrating fascinating, seemingly aimless and yet endlessly engrossing. A kind of experimental form of cinematic poetry, SANS SOLEIL is a wholly unique experience.