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La Jetée (1962)
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Summary: Earth lies in ruin after a nuclear war. The few surviving humans begin researching time travel, hoping to send someone back to the pre-war world for food, supplies and maybe a solution to their dire position. One man is haunted by a vague childhood memory that will prove fateful. (imdb)
Country: France
Directed By: Chris Marker
Written By: Chris Marker
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na wpp
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na coltrane
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na Aesop
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na entrapmen
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na carpediem
99
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na Proximity
91
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na dmcry097
74
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na nazl!
100
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na scurry
70
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Perfect story. I'm not sure the running time was enough to get immersed properly. The stills aren't the problem though; they work like magic. I need to mention the future people too. They were a trip.
na losrasputin
80
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na Eric WK
85
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na ifragment
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na ppinocchio
88
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na Kojiless
75
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Not sure if this could be called a 'move'-ie. Think of it more like one of those slide shows your creepy uncle Bruce would show you of his trip to random museums, airports, and the post-apocalyptic future.
na Gomorrite
90
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na filmcave
85
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na Chujo
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na Robacervezas
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na Noblet
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na jonnykungfu
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na djaunb
90
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na WBadger
100
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na MrBialas
8
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na hacivat
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na ddyment
88
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na Suture Self
65
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I'm not a big fan of the image montage, and while a lot of these pictures are beautiful and could probably fit nicely in an art gallery, I don't think it worked all that well on film. I can appreciate it but it's hard to enjoy.
na IanDork107
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na KeanuGrieves
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na aulacrimosa
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na mathiascz
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na silvio
75
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na evolving
90
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na beebeedeedop
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na mamadoly
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na AAAutin
26
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na cactusman
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na Holygrail2
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na ThereminJam
90
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The music, mood, and subject matter are outstanding.
na schilders
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na alikocaali
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na threecolours
89
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na Hkit
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na Piglet
85
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Really, really, REALLY good, and better than the "copy-cat" Twelwe Monkeys. The stills work very well at setting the mood.
na mhendu
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na PeterDK
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na DerDude
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na wormatwork
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na Ram0n
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na tobyjones
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na lisko
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na jjackson80
85
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na Guaporense
91
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na lumpnboy
73
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na blackandgold
80
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na fraz
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na imdb
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na mcf1989
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na Edson Abas
90
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na Ammit
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na sniderguy20
91
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na humboy
92
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na Carlos
98
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na Bunken
90
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Best short film I´ve seen! Beautiful, mesmerizing and mind blowing... Definitely recommendable even though you´ve seen Twelve Monkeys...
na DeazMoviez
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na FallFoliage
70
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na spikestone
80
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na jocimarjr
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na febraro
90
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na yellowcup
10
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na Squalido
87
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na AutumnLily
91
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The film being made up almost entirely of still images is most definitely not a simple gimmick but is essential to the film's effect as it both makes what you see seem either like something out of a memory or seem disorientating depending on the context of the scene. Beats out the later adaptation of La Jetee, Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys, with Marker's film being more ambitious, audacious, beautiful, captivating, thought-provoking and dreamlike.
na Prayermad
65
T4
na Tropolist
96
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na KTK
0
T1
na Rufflesack
100
T10
Extraordinary.
na jaluhrs
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na maborosi
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na jewellrunner
93
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na JakeAesthete
94
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na 8505144
85
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na Marcossilva
83
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na filmik
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na Melvelet
80
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na gecko
85
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na tinky
94
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na akathebob
90
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na zenpig
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na rublyov
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na paladru
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na KjetilA
2
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na oddis87
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na borabaskan
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na somnivore
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Who needs these newfangled contraptions? Moving pictures? 3D? Psh! An excellent example of what can be accomplished with narrative over a mere sequence of stills.
na joachimt
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na comanchex
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na Watashi
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na Diego_L
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na close-up
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na zopz
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na venice
100
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na brandt64
85
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A powerful, albeit unusual, method of storytelling. The stills are very effective at setting the mood, but some of them look a little amateurish and there are too many shots of the guy with the mask over his face.
na understamp
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na blahzor
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na equipage
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na nminichino
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na rettelo
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na excowboy
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na Blair
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na Simon M.
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na mCihhh
60
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na muutanet
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Pretty successful story with just photos, music and a voiceover. The narrative was also good with nice ending.
na fink
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na sthlm
80
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na Llopin
100
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na cpreview
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La Jetée as a movie is one of the most interesting I’ve encountered. Virtually the whole movie involves narrating still shots. While this sounds like a glorified slideshow, its anything but. The pacing is magnificent. The mood created is truly immersive. In a truly astounding feat, Marker traps the viewer in this "slide show" mentality, and then, as the movie is discussing whether the character can decipher what’s real or not, he pulls the run out from under us.
na NelsonSilva
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na finney28
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na Xzlu
4
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na crackerjack
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na AlexdLarge
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na chiphall72
30
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na Shane24
70
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na Sknib
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na BogusScifi
70
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na kilink
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na Jesuflesh1
75
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na laertes
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na AndreasThau
91
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Half hour short film. Very apparent that 12 monkeys stole this film's idea, but I wouldn't hold it against Gilliam: after all most films are a copy, more or less. Apart from the great plot, La Jetée has something unique (potential wake-up call for every so-so director): Marker proves (with ease) that the beauty of the cinema can be said in a simple mix of style and voice-over. A storyboard like this and you will never fail. Look for movement; it's there. Plot is everything. Composition likewise.
na jastrup
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na olympia
72
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na goran
99
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na CloseFriend
66
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Although I found it very difficult to get used to the slide-show style of the film, I must admit that in terms of executing the story, the filmmakers did a very respectable amount with very little. A fascinating precursor to 12 Monkeys that any fan of that movie should check out.
na lgb
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na vsls
90
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na mkellins
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na MVSCH
0
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na Keaton
98
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na Jos
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na MentalCritic
82
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na kokirijazz
4
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na C12H17N2O4P
85
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na Tootpadu
90
T10
na docbenway
90
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na MartinTeller
82
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Forever linked with two bits of data: it's told entirely (except for about 4 seconds) in still images, and it's the inspiration for Gilliam's 12 Monkeys. I confess I was a bit less than impressed when I saw it about 7 years ago, now I'm more charmed by it. The still photography is a clever idea that makes it seem like a piece of history, a future archaeology. And the story is mysterious and engaging, with a kind of contemplative Resnais feel to it. Just the right length, too.
na themagician
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na xenakis
90
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na blaerg
95
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na jsim596
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na TnS
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70
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na micmac•
84
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na Jazzaloha
76
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na Antoine
83
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na acol_vida
81
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na Magb
90
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Yet another great film about memories. The still image montage technique Marker uses here is appropriate to the point of genius. The plot is very clever and the "remembering = time travel" angle is cool, but personally I was more interested in the more earthly scenes with the main character and his dream woman. I'm all about those simple yet dreamlike pictures, and the beautiful, ghostly musical accompaniment.
na buttercup
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na mfjlefou
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na Sharrock
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na L Lawliet
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85
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na dforman
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50
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na AJD612
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na tedbundy
90
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90
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na Carlospro
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na manymoons
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na viniciusjn
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na Grum
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na Linothorax
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na citizenzxc
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na pmpfe
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na JasonKDarby
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na Barraoc
90
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You can clearly see how this haunting featurette inspired 12 Monkeys.
na Cocoa
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na beach
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na IDYmilkshake
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The contrast and lighting on the still frame photographs is great. The suspenseful heart beats and ambiguous German whispers add a haunting experience that almost suffocates you.
na JacoIII
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Great film. Should be seen by everyone.
na ruoja
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na overrated
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na Langelund
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na whitejeft
90
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na outtasite
79
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na chemical404
85
T10
I re-watched this short film after 5 years. It didn't affect me as much as the first time, but it struck me how well sound and music are used. It's really unfair to compare it to "12 monkeys" (or other way around). It's experimental cinema, very different from traditional 25 frames-per-second narratives, but even more effective and captivating.
na theWizard
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na kausalitet
0
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na M.Robitussin
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na dcatcher
75
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na Squin
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na Euskadi
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na shaidavis
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na ugur
10
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na Kublai Khan
28
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na monclivie
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na piahoo
50
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na mikeparasol
96
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The gorgeous and haunting stills work beautifully partly because of the film's relatively short length. This length slightly hampens the story, but only slightly.
na Mochard
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