“A peacetime bedroom, a real bedroom. Real children. Real birds. Real cats. Real graves.” – La Jeteé
In Chris Marker’s film La Jeteé, a boy goes with his family to the observation deck at Orly airport to watch planes take off and land. While there he sees a man shot and killed. The boy becomes obsessed with this image; a woman’s gesture, a sudden roar, the man falls. Some time later, the narrator tells us, a massive war breaks out. The boy, now a man, must fight in the war. He survives along with a very small percentage of humanity and, with the other survivors, is forced to live in underground catacombs because the surface is radioactive.
They are governed by autocratic pseudo-scientists referred to as the camp experimenters. The experiments they conduct are centered around the idea of sending someone through time. They first want to send a person through a “loophole in time” to “summon the past and the future to the aid of the present.” (more…)