Suffering from its canceled premiere at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival and only arriving in the US two years later to little fanfare, Resnais’ mid-career foray into science fiction developed somewhat of a cult following, but has remained largely unseen. Following Claude (Claude Rich), an average man who is enlisted in a speculative scientific experiment in which he will be able to travel through time into his personal past, Resnais’ film evokes a sanguine, yet familiar, version of a near future in which personal memory plays a vital role in our lives—contrary to other, more cynically dystopian visions. “In time, as it were, those [temporal] leaps add up to a cubistic portrait of a not especially remarkable man who becomes something more, not because of his commonplace life but because of the extraordinary manner in which his story emerges in its sweep and details, its simplicity and grandeur.”—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.
Other Films by Alain Resnais
Written by acclaimed essayist Raymond Queneau, THE SONG OF STYRENE, commissioned by French plastics giant Péchiney, is ostensibly an investigation into the positive properties of plastics. However, when filtered through Resnais’s uniquely philosophical style of filmmaking, the film takes on a subversively fantastic tone.