It aesthetically depicts the deep fall into one another in a short period of time. The feeling you get from the beginning lasts till the end, making the remembrance of Hiroshima's past tragedy and the surroundings of the city to smoothy integrate into a fragile main story line. The scenes of her strolling around from one place to another well show problematic relation to oneself and the ones we love.
[You're destroying me. You're good for me. How could I know this city was tailor-made for love?] The ashes and dust of a destroyed city juxtapose over the topography of past lovers, always a treacherous journey: we have to betray the memories of the ones we loved to love again. Resnais film strives to follow that trajectory: After a glowing collision, everything vanishes slowly.
Really loved this film. There are harrowing scenes showing Hiroshima at the start but it is a beautiful love story showing the consequences of war on a general scale but also at a personal level. Emmanuelle Riva is brilliant as this French actress who is in Japan to feature in an anti war film and the relationship with this Japanese architect who cannot let her go is beautiful. Recommended!
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.
'Like you, I have fought with all my strength against oblivion. Like you, I forgot. Like you, I have desired an inconsolable memory..a memory of shadows and stones. I have fought alone, with all my strength, every day against the horror of not understanding anymore the reason to remember'
92/100 (Emmanuelle Riva ve gerçek bir klas. Bu filmleri izleyip hem mutlu oluyor hem de hüzünleniyorum. Çünkü sanırım bu filmlerden bir daha çıkmayacak ve ben de eskilerden kalanların hepsini izlemeye yaklaştım. Savaş karşıtlığı, şiir, aşk, varoluşsal sancılar. Herbirinin bir filmde harmanlanması o kadar zor ki. Günümüzde basit olayı bile saçmalaştıranlar varken bu film altındır. Lost In Translation'ın ilham kaynağı)