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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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Alain Resnais
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Emmanuelle Riva ... Elle (as Emmanuele Riva)
Eiji Okada ... Lui
Stella Dassas Stella Dassas ... Mother
Pierre Barbaud Pierre Barbaud ... Father
Bernard Fresson ... German Lover
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Storyline

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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When God's silence falls upon men. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Japan

Language:

French | Japanese | English

Release Date:

16 May 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hiroshima Mon Amour See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,494, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$88,300, 2 January 2015
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum early in the film includes several scenes from the 1953 Japanese film Hiroshima (1953), which starred Japanese actor Eiji Okada, who also plays the leading role in this movie. For obvious reasons, no footage that featured Okada from the earlier Japanese production was included. See more »

Goofs

When Elle leaves the hotel to go the set, she is wearing a nurse's uniform with a headscarf and carrying a black handbag. When Lui meets her on the set, she is now wearing a skirt and blouse and still has the headscarf. When they leave the set, the headscarf is left behind. When they get to Lui's house, she now has a white jacket. See more »

Quotes

Lui: Perhaps I was dreaming, without realizing it.
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Referenced in The Reunion (1963) See more »

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Persistence of Memory
15 August 2005 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

"Hiroshima mon amour" (1959) is an extraordinary tale of two people, a French actress and a Japanese architect - a survivor of the blast at Hiroshima. They meet in Hiroshima fifteen years after August 6, 1945 and become lovers when she came there to working on an antiwar film. They both are hunted by the memories of war and what it does to human's lives and souls. Together they live their tragic past and uncertain present in a complex series of fantasies and nightmares, flashes of memory and persistence of it. The black-and-white images by Sasha Vierney and Mikio Takhashi, especially the opening montage of bodies intertwined are unforgettable and the power of subject matter is undeniable. My only problem is the film's Oscar nominated screenplay. It works perfectly for the most of the film but then it begins to move in circles making the last 20 minutes or so go on forever.


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