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.
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.