We begin near the end with the entrance of our brooding main character, Claude Ridder (Claude Rich). He is exiting the hospital after a suicide attempt a few days prior. Outside of the hospital, a group of men show up to take him to Crespel Research Center. He handles his quietly forceful capture with an indifference reminiscent of Albert Camus’ Meursault. The man in charge of Crespel explains that they study time, and because of Claude’s “fuck life” tendencies, he is their ideal candidate. He will be transported into the past via a large brain-like vessel that they call Nero. Here Resnais nods to the hokeyness of contemporary science fiction by including a giant brain straight out of a B movie shocker playing at the drive-in, but he also tastefully obscures Nero in shadows. Simply slapping the sci-fi label on “Je T’aime, Je T’aime,” as many websites do, is far too hasty and undermines the real gravity of its plot.