It is a tragedy of human existence to be helplessly aware of time's passing, and to lose time during the act of longing for it. Something in this is also funny. For over 60 years Alain Resnais
has made sharp and sweet tragicomedies about our relationship to time, including his new Life of Riley and 1968's long-unavailable Je t'aime je t'aime
, which screens at Film Forum in a new 35mm print.
The older film centers on Claude Ridder (played lithely by Claude Rich
), a war veteran and recent near-suicide inducted by scientists to participate in an experiment that will transport him back to relive one minute of his life. What happens instead is that Claude, hooked up inside a large, weirdly shaped bulb, returns to several moments from throughout his previous 17 years, s...