La Jetee (The Pier)

La Jetee

He suffers. They continue.

The inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys, La Jetee (or The Pier) is a 28 minute short film presented as a series of still shots, an innovative and expressive form of moviemaking. Directed by Chris Marker, the film makes excellent use of music and sound effects to carry the story through the still images, as well as an overarching narration. The power of the images and the story is immense for such a short film, mostly thanks to the impressive audio, and as convoluted as the story can get at times, it is equally impressive to follow along with.

This is an inspiring film; it provokes the mind into creating more stories akin to this one, at least it did for me. This is a nice, short watch that I will definitely keep in my thoughts towards future repeat viewings. I can see the artistry in this, and it is very enlivening. I don’t know if I can recommend this to an audience, but at the same time I hesitate to not recommend it to some audience, as it is truly an experience not to be missed, and at 28 minutes, what have you got to lose?

Arbitrary Rating: 8/10


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