Hiroshima Mon Amour (Hiroshima, My Love)
Hiroshima Mon Amour (Hiroshima, My Love) (1959)

Alain Resnais's multi-award-winning Hiroshima, Mon Amour is neither an easy film to watch nor to synopsize, but it remains one of the high-water marks of the French "new wave" movement. Resnais and scenarist Marguerite Duras… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 24, 2003
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

"Hiroshima Mon Amour" will always be too studied a masterwork for some tastes. But Riva's performance, chief among its triumphs, remains electrifying.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Although it presents, on occasion, a baffling repetition of words and ideas, much like vaguely recurring dreams, it, nevertheless, leaves the impression of a careful coalescence of art and craftsmanship.

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Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine

The facticity of the film itself is continually called into question by Alain Resnais's decision to blur the boundaries between nonfiction and fiction films.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

That rare movie in which present and past meld in every frame to convey a sense of time obliterated, or a dream having a nightmare.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Integrating past and present, poetic images and documentary footage, music and Marguerite Duras' dialogue, the film achieved a structural balance of such emotional and intellectual power that audiences were stunned.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] Alain Resnais's early addition to the Nouvelle Vague cannon finds his pair of culturally diverse lovers of rising from the rubble of World War II.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

The first film to juxtapose disastrous erotic passion with the political disasters of the mid century.

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Marc Mohan
Oregonian

If "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" is best enjoyed for its place in film history, its tragic love story and its haunting black-and-white cinematography, that still makes it a veritable must-see.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

I can't say I really enjoyed myself watching Hiroshima mon amour. Resnais' style is deliberately off-putting - the thought of entertaining an audience seems repugnant to him - but I respect the film for its audacious storytelling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
arresting, beautiful and poetic incantation on memory, time and identity
Pierluigi Puccini
Haunting, intimate and ultimately anguishing cinematic poem that works in dichotomies such as documentary-fiction, japan-france, river-sea, man-woman,… More
Reid Volk
Alain Resnais' Hiroshima, Mon Amour is a captivating cogitation on the power of memory. From the opening shots of Hiroshima, Mon Amour, the long mesmeric… More
Ivan Descartin
Bleak, moody and scarred, "Hiroshima Mon Amour" is a film of uncommon power that treads both the emotional trauma of love and the ravages of war. Amid… More
Elvira B
A French actress shooting a film about peace in Hiroshima meets a Japanese man in a bar. They decide to go together. They fall in love. The woman describes to… More
Dimitris Springer
Time is a thief,a delinquent of impeccable proportions.Hiroshima is the counterpart of Casablanca for most critics,to be fair...I don't think this is… More