Hiroshima Mon Amour – Alain Resnais


Cannes film festival circa 1959. Alain Resnais’ film Hiroshima Mon Amour, written by novelist Marguerite Duras, causes a scandal at the festival. In the movie, an actress, played by Emmanuelle Riva, goes to Hiroshima to shoot a film about peace.

There, she meets a Japanese man, falls in love with him and — her passions aroused — remembers the horror of her experiences during the war, in a place called Nevers, with a young German, her lover. He was killed before her eyes and she suffered the humiliation of having her hair cropped.

Time has wiped away her pain, as it too shall wipe away the love she is experiencing in Hiroshima.

In the golden stillness of a hotel room, the lovers caress each other fondly, silently, with slow steady gestures.

The image of the past is grafted onto the present, and all is just as it is, as the woman speaks:

“I meet you.
I remember, you.
Who are you?
You are killing me.
You are doing me good.”

The film is photographed and lit in black and white. Hiroshima, mon amour. Hiroshima.


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