Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime (brand-new 35mm print, 3/6)

“A little bit of Chekhov and science fiction. It’s a kind of coming and going between sensations, above all.” — Alain Resnais

“Cinema is a time machine, and, as he has long proved, from Last Year at Marienbad to Muriel and beyond, Mr. Resnais is its ultimate time traveler.” — Manhola Dargis, New York Times

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind owes a heavy debt to this criminally underseen 1968 French tale of love-torn memories centrifugally thrown against the walls of the time-space continuum. Like a good deal of filmmaker Alain Resnais’ output here in the States, Je T’Aime… remains unreleased on home video, but we’re stoked to present it to you in a brand-new 35mm print! Claude Ridder is a man pushed to the edge, suicidal over the harsh breakup with the woman he loved — but he’s given the chance to maybe relive the good parts, thanks to a top-secret corporate experiment in time travel that hurtles Claude between random points across the previous decade. As the scientists quickly “lose” Claude to the time void, Resnais, in a bravura display of pointillistic storytelling, portrays our reluctant hero’s banality, carnality and emotionality across a startling array of moments that repeat, bend, fold into each other and provide melancholic counterpoint to his pseudo-current fate. “Ridder is locked into a past that is inexpressible and irredeemable, and the beauty of the film resides in its capacities to convince us of this.” (Jonathan Rosenbaum)
Dir. Alain Resnais, 1968, 35mm, 91 min.

Watch the trailer for “Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime”!