Directed by Alain Resnais and released in it’s home country of France in 1968.
A man attempts suicide over the loss of his lover and upon awakening at a hospital he is approached by two men who wish for him to enter into their experiment with time travel but it all goes haywire and he starts reliving just about everything that’s happened to him in the last 12 months.
Je t’aime, Je t’aime is easily the best movie I’ve seen who’s main focus is time travel. It’s handled so normally in comparison to others I’ve seen and it flows ever so magnificently. The editing is some of the best I’ve ever seen – such free associative editing instantly reminded me of Luis Bunuel’s work, namely Un Chien Andalou.
The screenplay is witty and smart and it never focuses too much on the scientific aspects of time travel which is much to it’s benefit because it would totally ruin the vibe of the whole film because it’s not about time travel, it’s about this man coming to terms with his past and figuring out the kind of person he is.
The film opens with the man in the hospital and by the end of the film we know everything about this man and how he ended up in the hospital at the start. Absolutely superb filmmaking.