La Jetee/Sans Soleil: Chris Marker via Criterion

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Chris Marker's short film La Jetee, the inspiration for Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, is paired up with Marker's haunting Sans Soleil, and that is major cause for celebration. Both films are meditations on time and memory, with Soleil ostensibily about the correspondence between a cameraman and a woman who narrates. "No two people will come away from [it] with the same impression," writes Eric Henderson in Slant, "nor will a solitary viewer's multiple viewings yield the same experience." Adds the BBC: "Too rich, complex, and elusive to be digested on a single viewing."

More from Steve Erickson on Nerve: "After watching Sans Soliel, you realize that the paths Marker blazed for documentarians remain largely unfollowed."

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