A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming mutual fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering.
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The opening 15 minutes are some of the most overwhelming and striking movements of films ever assembled together. The line between fiction and reality is blurred and bombs and body collide. I am absolutely in love with Emmanuelle Riva.
The intensity of Emmanuelle Riva's screen burn from cool, carefree Gallic siren to cropheaded, castigated, neutured prisoner is astonishing, absolutely on a par with Resnais' bold ambition to draw parallels between war and love. Painfully romantic and utterly devastating, with a fantastic score by Georges Delerue.
Entre AMOUR (HANEKE) et HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (RENAIS), curieusement Emmanuelle RIVA n'a pas vraiment changé ... ====== Between LOVE (HANEKE) and HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (RESNAIS) curiously Emmanuelle RIVA has not really changed ...
Essential cinema. Classic French cinema perfectly constructed by director Alain Resnais with an enthralling script by Marguerite Duras which transfixes the viewer. Casting is exceptional especially Emmanuelle Riva whose intensity burns the image. Cinematography by Vierny and Takahashi is very impressive as is production design, music and costume design. But in the end its the script that makes this essential.
Laments the betrayal of memory; its fragility, incompleteness and incapability to honour what and who we've loved and lost in appropriate detail. Trapped within the surreal and fragmented narrative are perfectly juxtaposed feelings of emotional exhaustion and lasting guilt. What is the cost of moving on?
If there's ever been a perfect movie for a rainy Sunday, it's this. To be swept up in Resnais' flawless direction, in light, his images, scaffolding draped in loose reminiscing. Nothing fully-formed, or singularly profound. Just the shapes of past ideas - of what adulthood should be, what love should be. Easy to project upon, indulge in, give meaning to. But from a distance, like making cloud-animals in the sky. 3.5
The complexities of memory have never been dissected in a more rich and transfixing way. The mixed use of media blends the intellectual pondering with the intimate emotional portrait, and the nonlinear narrative lends itself to dream-like comparisons. One of my favorites.