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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)
the story leaves much to be asked, with nearly cryptic narration it is set up to fail with no cohesive visuals. i have to say though if you were going to pull off a movie with only still images you're going to have to excel in every other way, which this does not.
There were some issues with the copy I watched, I'll probably buy the Criterion La Jetee/Sans Soleil anyway. As for now, I liked it but was not blown away. To be fair I had pretty huge expectations, we'll see how it fares on a rewatch.
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.
I don't know how to really explain in depth, but there's something absolutely haunting about the combination of beautiful stills and low-key music. And it's a killer premise for a story, told very efficiently.
Probably my favorite short ever, and not just because it was what 12 Monkeys was based on. The style is very unique as it's just photos with music and a voice-over instead of the normal moving cinema. Hearing that you'd think it might detach the viewer, but it's actually incredibly compelling.
The story is interesting, but the still pictures experiment doesn't really work, I'm afraid. Some of the photographs are very beautiful, though - it would have made a fantastic comic book. As a film, however, it is rather boring. But you know, I can imagine a talented director could use "La Jetée" as an inspiration for an extraordinary film. Preferrably starring Bruce Willis.
I thought the idea of a film using still images to be some kind of art bullshit gimmick. However the effect is quite profound. It taps into something about the nature of time, and memories. It feels something like you are watching memories, which ofcourse you are. Set all Twelve Monkeys comparisons aside, the simliarities are superficial. It's more of an art piece that a piece of entertainment, not something that I usually look for, but at 20 minutes running time I can deal with that.