Last Year at Marienbad ★★★★★

L'Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) is one of French director Alain Resnais' two masterpieces, the other being Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959). 

L'Année dernière à Marienbad is absolutely gorgeous. Every shot is lighted, composed, and edited to perfection. 

With L'Année dernière à Marienbad Alain Resnais breaks cinema conventions, leaving out linear story structure and traditional film editing. 

L'Année dernière à Marienbad is in a way very artificial, people suddenly pausing, story elements jumping around. The film is artificial in the same way our memory of past events are artificial. Memories are subjective and a construct of one's mind.

L'Année dernière à Marienbad almost hypnotizes its spectators. The gliding camera-movements as well as the poetic narration and eerie music adds to the surreal and dreamy atmosphere of the film.

"In a few seconds, it will freeze forever. Into a marble past, like these statues worked in stone."