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A.k.a.
Sans Soleil
Year
1983
Runtime
104 min.
Director
Chris Marker
Genres
Drama, Documentary
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
7,531
Checks
2,820
Favs
432
Dislikes
32
Favs/checks
15.3% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
14:1
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  1. Uruloki's avatar

    Uruloki

    It's mainly an exploration of memory, how humans remember, and how we rewrite memory much like history rewrites itself. The way I see it, it mixes fiction with documentary, and is more concerned with a sort of subjective reality Chris Marker has built around the events we are shown. I think the "main plot" is quite clear though, but of course there are tons of digressions and small observations which can make it a bit hard to follow at firs, I guess. I recommend you rewatch it! Gets better each time.

    Best film of all time, by the way.
    7 years 8 months ago
  2. TravisSMcClain's avatar

    TravisSMcClain

    A "free form travelogue" and "non-linear essay" are but two phrases I've read to describe this film. Predominantly, it explores aspects of Japanese traditions and folkways; but there are random jaunts across Africa, to Iceland and a genuinely odd segment in which scenes from Hitchcock's Vertigo are re-traced on location in San Francisco.

    It appears that Chris Marker wants to explore the nature of time, but got hung up on places. People are largely incidental to this exploration; yes, he covers various rites and rituals, but they are dispassionate, the way a documentarian might comment on the mannerisms of observed elk. It put me in the mood to re-watch Lost in Translation, but I can't say that I feel I even know what questions were being asked by the film to know what I took away from it.
    7 years 8 months ago
  3. Bluearctic's avatar

    Bluearctic

    This film is about cats and owls. people will tell you it's an exploration of ..... Nope, cats and owls. there's some filler between the shots of cats and owls, but you want to focus on the cats, or the owls, up to you. 3 years ago
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