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Sans Soleil (1983)

Sans soleil (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 2 March 1983 (France)
A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

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Credited cast:
Florence Delay ... Narrator (French version) (voice)
... Herself
Riyoko Ikeda ... Narrator (Japanese version) (voice)
Charlotte Kerr ... Narrator (German version) (voice)
... Herself / Madeleine Elster / Judy Burton (archive footage)
... Narrator (English version) (voice)
... Himself / John 'Scottie' Ferguson (archive footage)
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"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory expressed in words and images from places as far-flung as Japan, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland, and San Francisco. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,899, 5 December 2003, Limited Release

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$30,878, 7 December 2003
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The narration refers to the Japanese word "Tora" as the name of an individual pet cat. The literal translation of the word "Tora" in English is "Tiger". See more »

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Narrator: I will have spent my life trying to understand the function of remembering, which is not the opposite of forgetting, but rather its lining. We do not remember. We rewrite memory much as history is rewritten. How can one remember thirst?
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Documentaries record the real; this is beyond 'real'.
12 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

When is a documentary not a documentary? SANS SOLEIL is a film comprising 'real' images, narrated with 'real' observations. The subject-matter is Japan, post-modernism, the erasion of memory, the flattening-out of history, decentring, surface, pastiche. It records life-styles, trends, habits, rites, artistic movements with the rigour of an anthropologist. It is a film about travel: throughout the world, throughout time. It is science fiction (Terry Gilliam's TWELVE MONKEYS fleshes out an anecdote here). It is a Borgesian fantasy, (the filmmaker is actually a fictional creation , Sandor Krasna). To call it a documentary, or even a film, would be like calling the Sistine Chapel a ceiling.


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