Title: ‘Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime’
Director: Alain Resnais
Cast: Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot
A man who just recovered from an attempted suicide gets recruited by a group of scientists for a revolutionary experiment: they will send him back in time.
This lost gem from renowned director Alain Resnais is as trippy as a 1968’s French sci-fi drama can get. Truth be told, the science fiction in it is merely a pretext for an exploration of romance. As Claude’s past unfold in a fragmented series of random sequences, the audience witnesses his tormented love story with the complex and beautiful Catrine. I know what you’re thinking, but no, this is not ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, though it clearly served as an inspiration to Michel Gondry’s movie.
I succumbed to the charm of this unconventional film, mostly thanks to its beautiful cinematography and the quality acting by Monsieur Rich. Also, it’s a French movie from the 60’s, and who can resist the 60’s, right?!
Yes, at times the dialogues get quite surreal and intellectual, but never in a pretentious or obnoxious way. And as erratic as the narration might appear, the final result was a perfectly organic and coherent story, one that I enjoyed to the end.
Hardcore cinephiles will love ‘Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime’. And if you are reading this blog, chances are you are a hardcore cinephile.