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8,486 Ratings

Hiroshima mon amour

Directed by Alain Resnais
France, 1959
Drama, Romance


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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Hiroshima mon amour Directed by Alain Resnais

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1961 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

One of the most important films ever made, summing up many tendencies of modern cinema but also indicating new directions for later filmmakers. Its implications and possibilities radiate out in several directions, like the spidery silhouette (in negative?) under the opening credits.
September 25, 2018
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Film Forum is screening [Hiroshima mon amour and Last Year at Marienbad] as a double feature, which sounds as obvious as it is revelatory. It bridges the space between canonical status and the astonishing start of a career, offering a window into a moment when cinema was quickly, definitively changed.
August 31, 2016
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Resnais uses this libretto to shift the very skin of film: Tracking shots and parallel montage in continuous play, the up-angle camera glides through phosphorescent streets and cuts to Manet vistas, a heterogeneity of styles lays bare the tangle of mind and history.
August 10, 2015
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