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Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Hiroshima mon amour (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 May 1960 (USA)
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A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.

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A French woman and a Japanese man have an affair while she is in Japan making a film about peace and the impact of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, The man, an architect, lost his family in the bombing. She recalls her lover during the war, a 23 year-old German soldier who later died. Despite the time they spend together, her attachment appears minimal and they go forward into the future. Written by garykmcd

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$18,494 (USA) (17 October 2014)

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$88,300 (USA) (2 January 2015)
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This started life as a documentary about the nuclear bomb drop on Hiroshima until Alain Resnais decided to include fictional elements. See more »

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After they leave the teahouse, a shot from the side shows Lui standing behind Elle to her left with a gap of about a foot and a half. The next frontal shot shows him standing directly behind her with only a small gap between them. See more »

Quotes

Elle: How could I have known this city was big enough for love? How could I have known you were a perfect fit for my body?
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Connections

Edited into Pommes d'amour (2001) See more »

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The Seminal Film for Change
3 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One would hope a film like this would actually cause humankind to take a step back and to foster the destruction of destruction itself. As Duras noted many years later in her semi-autobiographical "The Lover," she made the distinction early on between those who would exploit and destroy the weak and those who would protect them.

Here we have the exponential dynamic of this distinction in spades, realized in unthinkably tragic dimensions. Put in the simplest terms, "Hiroshima" is war personalized and psychologized in the language of love. It is the lovers' dialogue that begins to rouse the past; it is within the protective bond of love that atrocities can be drawn forth.

It is better to simply see the film than to depend on any synopsis. Once you do, its "medicine" will work within you --- and the medicine to which I refer is love.


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