Je t’aime, Je t’aime

France 1968. Dir: Alain Resnais. 91 min. 35mm

NEW 35mm PRINT! ► A missing link between Chris Marker’s La Jetée and Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind — it was influenced by the former and an inspiration for the latter — Je t’aime, Je t’aime is an extraordinary foray into science-fiction by French master Alain Resnais (Hiroshima, Mon Amour; Last Year at Marienbad), who died earlier this year. We’re pleased to present this underrated, long-unseen film in a beautiful new 35mm print! After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, a man is persuaded by two scientists to participate in a time-travel experiment. When something goes awry, he finds himself lost within the structure of time itself, living and re-living moments from his past. Released during the turmoil of May ’68, Resnais’s haunting, poetic film never received its due. “The quintessential distillation of Resnais’s obsession with time, memory, and the imagination” (James Monaco).

 

REVIEWS

"A magnificent film ... Cinema is a time machine, and Resnais is its ultimate time traveler."

New York Times | full review

"You can see why Michel Gondry cited this film as a major influence on his and Charlie Kaufman’s sci-fi romance, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, though Resnais’s effects are even more gloriously handmade."

Time Out | full review