Hiroshima Mon Amour
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1960)

An extramarital affair between a Japanese architect and a French film maker recalls the horrors of the atomic bomb and the prospects for world peace.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 16, 1960
DVD 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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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Exquisitely beautiful and harrowing meditation on war and love.

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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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Josh Larsen

...effortlessly moves us between past and present, personal and political.

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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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Joe Bendel
Epoch Times

Over 50 years later, HMA is still aesthetically bold, yet somehow Resnais's radical stylistic shifts are never jarring, rather feeling like they are part of a cohesive whole.

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Fernando F. Croce

A most chic Guernica, sumptuously abstract and visceral

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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