Sans Soleil is a movie that is very hard to comprehend. It is composed of an array of short clips edited together over a narration which never seemed to stay on topic. It is portrayed as a documentary but doesn’t necessarily deal with any specific topic. Right off the bat, the viewer is lost when the narrator starts referring to “he” but you don’t know who exactly “he” is. The movie starts off in the city of Tokyo where it shows people going about daily their daily routine. From Japan the movie jumps to scenes from Iceland, Holland, and even countries in Africa. One particular scene that stands out is the one that follows people commuting on the train. It shows a a group of people sleeping on a train but quickly switches to colorful imagery but the people can still be made out through it. This scene may be used to represent the dreams of the sleeping passengers.
Petley, Julian. “Sans Soleil.” International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. Ed. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast. 4th ed. Vol. 1: Films. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000. 1061-1063. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 4 Apr. 2011.