Scripted by novelist Marguerite Duras, themes of war and memory penetrate through this Academy Award-nominated tale of a French actress’ affair with a Japanese architect as she films an antiwar film in Hiroshima.
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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.
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?
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.
Timeless masterpiece. Loved how there's no introduction here and how, instantly, we're walking through museums and hospitals while two strange lovers share their fears, memories, and experiences with love and death and hope. Hiroshima, mon amour is the quintessence of beauty and pain... "You're destroying me. You're good for me".
I loved the very poetic and at times surreal sensibility of this film. Haunting and gorgeous. Loved it. Probably one of the best films I've ever seen but I'll have to watch it again to determine that. Also the cinematography is perfection.
It's truly something of a genius what Resnais did here, combining his everlasting documentary interests with a dramatic twist, the result achieves a wondrous impact of both reminiscing history and these thoughts we wish to forget but never seem to go away.