HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR / HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

SYNOPSIS
One of the most influential movies ever made, Alain Resnais’s
masterwork from 1959 would not only shape the Nouvelle Vague
benchmarks made in its wake but also liberate filmmakers from linear
storytelling. “[I]n my film time is shattered,” Resnais once said; indeed,
Hiroshima Mon Amour, which was scripted by Marguerite Duras, consists
of multiple flashbacks, a device that destabilizes chronology. Spanning
approximately 36 hours, the movie centers around the time-toggling
conversations of two characters, identified only as She (Emmanuelle
Riva) and He (Eiji Okada). She is a French actress who has gone to
Hiroshima to take part in a film about peace; He is her married lover,
a Japanese architect who had served during World War II—and whose
family was in Hiroshima the day the US dropped an atomic bomb on the
city. While the two reflect on the horrors of wartime—She on living in a
Nazi-occupied country, He on the incineration of more than 100,000 of
his compatriots—they begin to debate the very unreliability of memory.
The past and the present commingle in Hiroshima Mon Amour, a film
that pointed the way to the future.

“Among the many masterpieces of the French New Wave, Resnais’s 1959 memory
drama is easily the most passionate: a cross-cultural romance tinged by shame and
regret.”
—Time Out New York

DIRECTOR
Alain Resnais

SCREENPLAY
Marguerite Duras

CAST
Pierre Barbaud
Stella Dassas
Eiji Okada
Emmanuelle Riva

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE English, French, Japanese
RUNNING TIME 90’
PRODUCTION France, Japan, Mexico, 1959
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Rialto Pictures