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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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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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...from the measureless depths of a woman's emotions... 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This started life as a documentary about the nuclear bomb drop on Hiroshima until Alain Resnais decided to include fictional elements. See more »

Goofs

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: They make advertisements for soap. Why not for peace?
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A Poem
5 October 2006 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

It's nearly impossible to talk about "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" in the same language I use to talk about other films. Even people used to international cinema may find themselves somewhat boggled by this visual tone poem. It's beautiful, and it leaves a distinct impression, but it does so in the way that a striking and unexpected image would, not in the way that an accessible film narrative would. Therefore, it interests without ever fully engaging.

To say that Resnais' film has something in common with silent cinema would be misleading, because sound certainly matters. But the movie definitely feels like a piece of non-verbal cinema, where sensation matters more than cognition.

A movie I probably need to see again to truly appreciate.

Grade: A


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