søndag 17. mars 2013

"Post-Apocalyptic Deja Vu"


Year: 1962
Country: France
Language: French, German
Number: 370
Director: Chris Marker
Starring: Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux

Chris Marker's short film, La Jetée takes place some decades after world war III. A world ruined by atomic war. The few survivors lives underground. The future is not longer about weapons, but about getting more time. The leaders decides to experiment on a prisoner in order to send objects back in time. A prisoner that has obsessive childhood memories about a murder that occurred on the day of the apocalypse. He's being send back in time before the war occurred. It takes a long time before he's able to move. And when he finally does, the leaders decides to liquidate the prisoner. Now the prisoner has to make a run for it.

La Jetée is special because it's not a real film, but a slideshow full of still images that creates a story. That's right, it's a photo story, with a bunch of amazing photos that haunts you, featuring great sound effects besides the narrating, such like the metallic sounds, echoes, water drops, a German doctor and etc. All this creates the perfect post-apocalyptic feeling. Surreal filmmaker Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys was highly influenced by La Jetée, specially the great twist ending. A great photo story. Thumbs up.

Grade: A-

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