LK: Last Year at Marienbad is a touchstone film for me--it defines a certain type of great film, and I do think that it is an indisputably great film, albeit not to everyone's taste. For me, it's a bit like a pure exercise in style that is at the same time both about nothing, and about a great deal--in particular, about the experience of how we perceive the world through memory. (Not the sentimental twaddle type of so-called memory piece like Capote's A Thanksgiving Memory, however.) The fact that it's also remarkably beautiful certainly is a factor, as also its deliberate pace and extreme formality. It stretches the boundaries of conventional narrative in a way similar to other films I admire--like Memento, and The Saragossa Manuscript, and The Big Sleep, and Time Regained, and The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (many of Raul Ruiz's films, in fact).
If you want to stretch your mind with another unconventional narrative, try Time Regained.
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