La Jetée

La Jetée is a short film that deals with experimenting with time travel, something that has probably been a curiosity to the world for quite some time. In they use people as lab rats so they can “call past and future to the rescue of the present”. Each subject fails until they find a man who is able to endure the procedure. Most of his dreams are of a woman at on a boarding platform at Orly Airport where a man was killed. Next, he sees the a glimpse of the woman and him in a relationship and finally he’s shown a glimpse of the people of the future whom he requests be returned to the pre-war time of his childhood, where he not only meets the woman in his dreams, but also an emissary of his jailers who assassinates him. There’s a lot of irony in this film again with the wanting to see about time travel and also the fact that death that he saw as a child was his own death. The film is mostly of still images, more or less explicitly shows the expressions on the characters clearly and with the dramatic music in the background helps us understand for the most part what the characters are feeling/experiencing. They reminded me of an old saying that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” For me, the images helped give me a kind of connection to the world of the film and the characters in them as a reminder of the many adversities we have and face in our world.

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