2.506 out of 5 from 54 votes
In the far future, soldiers sift through the rubble of a post-apocalyptic landscape and come across a broken-down robot who shows the men its memories, watching a young girl grow up from a small child to a newlywed, just before disaster struck.
An old man resides in a city mostly submerged by water, living in a home he had to build on top of his old one. His daily routine now consists of smoking his pipe, drinking wine, watching television and eating the fish he catches. Living alone in the silent desolation of the elderly he is surrounded by photographs but no people. One day he drops his pipe into the water and it disappears into his old, submerged home. To retrieve it he rents a scuba suit, but once he descends into the place he used to live he is overwhelmed by the memories of the life he used to have - the family he used to know.
Although Memory appears to be highly cheap in terms of budget and certainly not as acclaimed as the other one, they do permamently both deal with the life running in front of one's eyes issue, and in the apocalyptic universe too.
Two sad shorts about one man's - or robot's - nostalgia of watching a loved one grow old and die, in a post-apocalyptic type setting. La Maison is the far superior of the two animation-wise, but both will tug at the heartstrings to varying degrees.
A lone basset hound wanders the empty streets of Tokyo. Humans are long gone, only distant memories remain in storefronts, buildings, and abandoned shrines. All the hound wishes is for someone to play fetch with again, and it faithfully finds a new ball each day in hopes that a curious being will cure its loneliness...
Two sad tales in a post-apocalyptic landscape - Memory focuses more on flashbacks of what used to be, while Je t'aime centers on the lonely life of the last inhabitant on Earth. Both have a similar tone and feel and will tug at the heartstrings.