My experience watching La Jetée

I found La Jetée very strange, not so much in the plot as in the presentation. It was more like a narrated slideshow than a movie, having only still images with narration by a singular voice. It also had whispers and sound effects, most notably a heart beat. I’m not sure if I liked this cinematic style. On one hand, it made it feel a lot like a historical documentary, which enhanced the story for me. That progression of old photos strung together by detached narration is something I generally only see in documentaries. On the other hand, I wasn’t really able to immerse myself in it like I would have been if it was a regular film. The sequential photographs weren’t as engaging to me.

Plot-wise, La Jetée reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode. The narration style was especially reminiscent of the Twilight Zone, but also the genre, type of story, and twist ending gave me that association.

Overall, I thought it was interesting and worth watching, but maybe a little too artsy and experimental for my taste.

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