Sans Soleil
Sans Soleil (1983)

In this offering, French documentary filmmaker Chris Marker takes his cameras to Japan, demonstrating how industrialization and depersonalization often go hand in hand. He contrasts these scenes with the unspoiled vistas of Africa -- then… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 1, 1983
DVD Release Date: June 16, 1993
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

Unforgettable movie.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Sans soleil is more intuitive than rational, and that makes it a singular, overpowering experience.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

For masochists only.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The amazing Sans Soleil more or less documents a trip to Tokyo, focusing on small moments and rituals as well as agreements between subject and camera.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's little chance such a bizarre thinking man's film will have a wide appeal, but for those it reaches this is a one of a kind masterpiece.

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Eric Melin

It challenges you to look at images with multiple contexts and ponder differing perspectives, which is really what film is all about in the end.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Sans Soleil makes up a tapestry of memories that questions the entire nature of memory, while celebrating that of cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Difficult-to-describe, stream-of-consciousness essay travelogue; essentially, it's an arthouse mondo movie. Remarkable images include the disturbing… More
Chris Browning
This is Chris Marker's free form travelogue that was released in 1983 (RT is wrong about it being released in 2002) and is a meditation of life on earth… More
Conner Rainwater
Incredibly bizarre way to present a documentary, but it's very effective. It's almost as if the film itself had ADHD and was constantly switching… More
Kyle Meisch
Well shot and with meandering dialogue (that occasionally makes fascinating observations), the film doesn't hold together for me. I don't know what… More
Eric Broome
"Sans Soleil" deserves academic respect, but this is among the most exasperatingly tedious films I've ever sat through. At least it's… More
Robert Fearon
Sans Soleil is more intuitive than rational, so proceed with caution.