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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
3,119
Favs
459
Dislikes
39
Favs/checks
14.7% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
12:1
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  1. 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.
    10 years 2 months ago
  2. 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. 5 years 6 months ago
  3. akuma587's avatar

    akuma587

    A challenging film, but one that is really worth your time if you are a cinema lover. Trying to sum up this film would be quite a difficult task. You could call it a political, pop-art, existential exploration of history and art, human consciousness, and reality. The narrator's voice is really haunting, probably the best narration in a film I have ever seen. 9 years 1 month ago
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