Recovering from an attempted suicide, a writer (Claude Rich) agrees to participate in a time-travel experiment that has been tested only on mice, but a malfunction causes him to relive moments from his past in random order. This screening of director Alain Resnais's Je t’aime, je t’aime is presented in homage to the filmmaker, who died on March 1. Watch for the Museum to show his landmark Hiroshima mon amour in the fall.
“It's a science-fiction tragedy in comic strip images. Resnais is obsessed with time, and perhaps with a profoundly Marxist sense of history as the nightmare from which man is trying to awaken. People weren't then ready for this quiet mixture of science fiction with a love story as subtle as anything in [Eric] Rohmer or [Jacques] Rivette. But with Chris Marker's La jetée and Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris, it is part of a holy trinity of meditations on the horrors of eternal life.” —Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive