La Jetée

La Jetée ★★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

I always love rewatching this film. Watched it again in French for Chris Marker's 100th birthday. I plan on watching it again next week in English. I love both versions.

After all these years, I've finally given it a full 5 stars. I've always really liked this film, but I thought it was just a small step below Sans Soleil. I still like that film more, but I have come to appreciate this film so much more after many rewatches. I just notice little beautiful details each time.

The crux of why I love it: it's a love story told via a time travel plot in the style of memories. That pivotal scene where the woman wakes up in bed says it all. The slowly building sounds of the birds, the way Marker starts to edit the pictures closer together with fades to mimic real movement, and then finally, the one actual shot of movement. Genius. Everything after that, with him in the museum, feels so real, so genuine, and so beautiful.

The French version has a really strong narration, but that English version (which I will rewatch next week) always has a special place in my heart. Anyway, I love this film. It's a work of genius.