Hiroshima Mon Amour (Hiroshima, My Love)
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Hiroshima Mon Amour (Hiroshima, My Love)
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 weave a complex story concerning a French actress's (Emmanuelle Riva) experiences in occupied France, juxtaposed with the horrendous ordeal of a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) coping psychologically with the bombing of Hiroshima. These stories are offered in quick flashback vignettes, which permeate the contemporary story of the woman's relationship… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Resnais' audacious work in narrative and temporal structure, with screenplay from Duras, the film has endured due to its lyrical quality in depicting a love affair between a French actress and a Japanese architect in post WWII; a must-see for film lovers"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"As a milestone of film, Hiroshima, Mon Amour cannot be overestimated."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The first film to juxtapose disastrous erotic passion with the political disasters of the mid century."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"Though made in the late 50s, Hiroshima's imagery and music give it a feel at once modern and timeless, this is a beautiful piece of work."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Landmark French New Wave film--a must for movie buffs"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A somewhat stilted but still emotionally and intellectually engaging glimpse at profound and challenging questions of the role of memory in our sense of identity."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"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."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"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."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It's one of the landmark French New Wave films that featured innovative flashback techniques."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A truly 'modern' film."
‑ Michael S. Smith, PopMatters
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