Je t'aime, je t'aime

Je t'aime, je t'aime ("I Love You, I Love You") is a 1968 French science fiction film directed by Alain Resnais from a screenplay by Jacques Sternberg. The plot centres on Claude Ridder (Claude Rich) who is asked to participate in a mysterious experiment in time travel when he leaves the hospital after a suicide attempt. The experiment, intended to return him after one minute of observing the past, instead causes him to experience his past in a disjointed fashion.

Je t'aime, je t'aime
Film poster
Directed byAlain Resnais
Produced byMag Bodard
Written byJacques Sternberg
Alain Resnais
StarringClaude Rich
Music byKrzysztof Penderecki
CinematographyJean Boffety
Edited byAlbert Jurgenson
Colette Leloup
Release date
  • 26 April 1968 (1968-04-26)
Running time
91 minutes
Box office$3 million[1]

The film was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival,[2] but the festival was cancelled due to the countrywide wildcat strike that occurred in May 1968 in France. It won two awards – one for best actor, and the other many years later for "best rediscovery" in 2014 (Special Award of the Boston Society of Film Critics).[3]

While seldom ranked among Resnais's best works, Je t'aime, je t'aime has received positive reviews since its release. Its synopsis has been cited as an influence on the 2004 Michel Gondry film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.[4][5]


Claude Ridder (Claude Rich) is leaving hospital after an attempt at suicide, when he is asked to participate in a mysterious experiment in time travel by a private research body. They have succeeded in sending mice back unharmed for periods of one minute, but need to send a human back to confirm the subject did actually revisit the past. Claude agrees, but instead of returning promptly as the mice had done, he re-experiences many episodes from his past in a highly disjointed and fragmented manner, in interludes of seconds or minutes.

Claude's observations culminate in his admission – which he later says he fabricated – that he had killed his terminally ill life partner, Catrine, painlessly by gas poisoning, upon seeing her in her sleep – for the first time in her life – completely happy and without fear, and his attempted suicide upon then finding he could not live with, or without, her.

The researchers wait an hour before concluding they will never get him back, and his fate is left ambiguous.



Today, Je t'aime, je t'aime is reviewed positively by critics; review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports 83% approval (based on six critics' reviews), with an average rating of 7.5/10.[6]

The film made two critics’ top-10 lists in the 2012 Sight & Sound polls of the greatest films ever made.[7]

Box officeEdit

According to Fox records the film required $875,000 in rentals to break even and by 11 December 1970 had made $450,000 so made a loss to the studio.[8]


  1. ^ "Je t\'aime, je t\'aime (1968)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Je t'aime, je t'aime". Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (19 March 2004). "A Stylist Hits His Stride (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND)". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Je t'aime, je t'aime". The Cinematheque. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Je t'aime, je t'aime on RT". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Votes for Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968) | BFI". Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  8. ^ Silverman, Stephen M (1988). The Fox that got away : the last days of the Zanuck dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox. L. Stuart. p. 327.

External linksEdit