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Hiroshima mon amour

Hiroshima mon amour

1959
Romance
Drama
1h 30m
1959. A French young woman has spent the night with a japanese man, at Hiroshima where she went for the shooting of a film about peace... (imdb)
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Hiroshima mon amour

1959
Romance
Drama
1h 30m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
73rd
Points off for the unnatural, weighty and abstracted dialogue. It also occasionally gets really boring. The rest of the time, however, it's magnificent, fascinating, hyponitizing, multi-layered, beautiful and hideous.
Rated 08 Apr 2007
90
99th
Best French new wave movie in my opinion. A room, a bed and two people have never been both intimate and layered, not even in the hands of Godard.
Rated 07 Dec 2011
40
28th
Pretentious snooze-fest that would probably please any film school teacher. I found it a chore to sit through a love story about pretty people, who can't make up their damned minds. The artsy approach just makes it all the more unbearable, trying to clever up a simple story. I'd rank it lower, but a hard slap in the face at the right time went a long way for me.
Rated 27 Aug 2009
50
23rd
This extremely melancholy, hour-and-a-half-long narration of a woman's life, whose audience is a man who asks her many questions in a stoic, wooden manner, does little to create a riveting story and does even less to produce good chemistry between the two lovers. Some poetic writing and good camerawork can't cover the film's dullness.
Rated 03 Mar 2014
9
90th
On the necessity of finding new ways to love again, even after loss and tragedy. Frustrating, because Resnais couldn't seem to keep the magic going for as long as he might have liked...and the movie fizzles out as a result. But this is forgivable, since it's peppered with so many great compositional moments; the film seamlessly glides in and out of present anxieties and past memories with grace and style. Editing like this is hard to come by. Terrence Malick must have liked this movie.
Rated 09 Feb 2012
90
95th
Delicately flirts with the paradoxical relationship between the self and memory: we are the culmination of collected remembered moments, yet we shape and distort them. Aspects of the film were awkward: the slightly obnoxious unconventionality; and the wooden expression of Okada Eiji (doing his best to speak in French). Overall however - when it focussed on being a film about love and memory - it was a really rewarding film experience with a beautiful restless mood.
Rated 06 May 2013
80
71st
This feels a lot like a logical extension of the ideas presented in Night and Fog in that it's an earnest attempt to explore how we, as individuals, process unconscionable human suffering without wanting to kill ourselves. The film approaches this concept almost playfully, opening its searing "indictment" of humanity with the newsreel footage of Hiroshima's aftermath within the context of intimate lovemaking. It's a perfect contrast. They can't stop thinking about it, but they'll keep living.
Rated 14 May 2008
95
50th
In HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR the lovers provide a vivid and meaningful departure for the audience. It is out of their allegorical relationship that we consider the horror of forgetting. She has forgotten her past love while we have forgotten Hiroshima... the former serves as a catalyst for the latter. No other subject seems to be worthy of overlapping with the tragedy of Hiroshima in order to bring it back to life. I felt his vision was pure though slightly burdened with its didacticism.
Rated 12 Mar 2008
93
98th
Resnais uses a love story to comment on memories, both on a personal level and a worldwide level. The movie is a little slow but it's beautiful and the occasional repetition serves to emphasize its points. Wonderful editing gives it a strange surreal quality which blends well with the subject matter.
Rated 10 May 2008
90
99th
It's dizzying and romantic. Artful and intellectual yet strangely emotional. Once you're drawn into its odd rhythms, you won't wanna stop. Wow.
Rated 08 Jul 2009
40
27th
I was still thinking just maybe I had misjudged Marienbad but watching this brought back why I didn't like that one. There is something just obnoxious about this. The romance is very simply boring to watch and there is an air of pomposity about the whole thing.
Rated 23 Oct 2010
8
88th
This is a fairly mesmorising tale of love, loss, pain and pleasure. It skilfully bridges the gap between the past, present and future, by positing that we are the sum of our experiences, governed by the way that our memory colors the world that we see before our eyes. The dialogue is both lyrical and elegant, and for me the abstract nature of it only added to the hypnotic experience of this film. The pain of forgetting is one thing, but the pain of never doing is perhaps more important.
Rated 10 Sep 2012
100
98th
We recall the first shock this great film ever gives up, the astonishing title, and the cinema's insistence that the epitome of disaster and the most treasured thing can be put side by side. Not just can be, but be. It was hardly a young man's film, or even a picture that was jostling to be on the crest of the wave. And if it is Resnais's greatest film, then I think it should be saird that the script is vital. It is not really a story so much as a process, to be seen over and over again.
Rated 08 Feb 2009
83
78th
An interesting look at the way people can be very personally affected by war rather than taking the usual wider view. However, it's tough to watch Okada in some of these scenes and some of the dialogue just feels like it's trying too hard to sound important.
Rated 09 Mar 2010
79
77th
While some of the dialogue is repetitive and comes off as a bit too pretentious, the setting, themes and effective use of flashbacks easily help you overlook the flaws. The powerful opening segment mixing death and suffering with intimacy and love really took me by surprise.
Rated 02 Feb 2007
80
61st
Not as good as Last Year in Marienbad. The floweriness of the dialogue is further exacerbated by Eiji Okada's extreme woodenness (which is understandable, since he didn't even speak French). But other than that it's very interesting. Obtuse as hell, sure, but there are strong points hidden somewhere underneath it all.
Rated 25 Nov 2009
80
94th
Even with extreme caution, Resnais's first feature can be called one of the most influential movies ever made. It had critics grasping for Proust or Bergson, and filmmakers grasping for the scissors, much more often, in the cutting room. And yet Resnais has afterwards managed to top this achievement with regularity.
Rated 13 May 2010
70
40th
For an older, abstract film with such a sense of melancholy to hold my attention as it did was odd. However, particularly after the poetic first act, moments of over performance on the part of the actors and camera dragged me out- although I can appreciate that the knowledge of the film being a representation, not a reality, was central to Resnais' film. Touching and a little repetitive, with an interesting perspective on war - I won't be in a hurry to watch it again.
Rated 18 Nov 2018
75
69th
Transcends its characters and setting to become a philosophical musing about love that's sometimes profound, sometimes very challenging, but always accentuated by the wistful visual style.
Rated 16 Jul 2014
85
93rd
An artful, immersing and visually flabbergasting meditation on, well, A LOT OF THINGS but mostly time and memory. Lots of clever ideas and structural choices, lots of haunting visual set pieces (Resnais acquires 'god' status for that first 15' minutes alone), lots of powerful themes (Duras' script really does cover a lot of ground). There's also a lot more pointless, pretentious blabbing than I would have liked but, hey, it was 1959 and the film's poignant moments far outweigh the nonsense.
Rated 17 Mar 2011
95
99th
Without a doubt one of the best, most intelligent and touching films I've ever seen. Truely a masterpiece.
Rated 26 Feb 2010
55
12th
Exhausting to watch.
Rated 13 Aug 2008
6
95th
The musical and photographic compositions are of the highest order. It could be argued that the text stumbles a few times, but the peaks are too high for the rare off moment to leave a mark.
Rated 20 Apr 2007
95
99th
Pitched absolutely perfectly to capture the spirit of Duras' writing.
Rated 14 Aug 2023
66
35th
It's well known that people have stronger emotional responses to individual stories and tragedies than large scale statistical ones. Hiroshima mon Amour takes a city-sized event and makes it more personal and relatable. It's about the importance or inevitability of remembering and forgetting. As a viewing experience, it didn't entirely click with me, but I appreciated its creativity.
Rated 31 Oct 2018
85
93rd
Yes! Create an atmosphere and run with it. A bit too many scenes with just two heads, but brilliant any time when there is something else.
Rated 02 Sep 2012
9
90th
This is often listed as a love story, but their romance only exists in a purgatory like state that aims to appease their spirits of their scarred lives. Bearing that in mind, Resnais' debut feature is a magnificent achievement and one of the best lessons in cinematography you'll ever find.
Rated 27 Nov 2010
84
77th
Difficult to watch a relationship between these middle-upper class couple of different race when there's so many dead bodies as foundation.
Rated 13 Jul 2010
65
58th
Visually, it's perfect. Unfortunately the love story and accompanying dialogue are pretty much a total bore. Hey, sometimes when you make the plot a metaphor for something more "meaningful," it doesn't completely work.
Rated 11 Mar 2013
85
59th
A love story set in Hiroshima, the film is occasionally boring but always intricately put together, with some stunning visuals and montage. Emmanuelle Riva is great. I can see it benefiting from multiple viewings.
Rated 07 Jun 2023
82
70th
audiovisual 100 acting 75 overall feeling 70 avg 82
Rated 01 Mar 2008
95
92nd
# 103
Rated 26 Mar 2017
50
23rd
was somewhat beautiful, but really tedious
Rated 02 Apr 2011
86
95th
f*kcing good
Rated 12 Feb 2021
70
15th
Original but pretty disappointing for me. Film is not only about lyrical poesy.
Rated 28 Jul 2019
78
81st
Escorpião.
Rated 31 Dec 2011
81
83rd
The comparison between the destruction of Hiroshima by the bombs and the destruction of a girl by love is very interesting. I have a problem with the end though.
Rated 28 Nov 2018
81
83rd
quatre fois à musée... quel musée?
Rated 11 Oct 2020
85
91st
"bir gün beni bulacağını biliyorum. sakince, sonsuz sabırsızlıkla bekleyeceğim seni. tüket beni."
Rated 05 Mar 2013
71
87th
I felt ambivalently about this the first time I saw it; the nonlinear storytelling confused me, and I was irritated by the sheer "Frenchness" of it, a kind of pretentiousness. The second time was better. Riva is incredible and Okada is not bad either. While somewhat overbearing in parts (the stilted, stylized dialogue, particularly the ending), this is still one of the few films I've seen with the density and texture of a novel.
Rated 09 Apr 2020
90
85th
w/ Gaye
Rated 08 Apr 2020
80
68th
just beautiful!
Rated 08 Mar 2022
80
80th
Elle: "Sometimes we have to avoid thinking about the problems life presents. Otherwise we'd suffocate."
Rated 19 Dec 2008
95
90th
96
Rated 03 Mar 2024
71
73rd
If you have an interesting scenario idea, just add some pinch of French in to make it boring. Big potential but kinda wasted imo.
Rated 06 Feb 2013
82
86th
It lays the groundwork technically for the much better Last Year at Marienbad which came out two years later. Resnais is a master of black and white cinematography. probably rivaled only by Kurosawa. This is the third film I've seen directed by him, and he's definitely my favorite of the French New Wave.
Rated 03 Apr 2015
82
69th
The opening is stellar, and unfortunately the rest of the film slides a little - a film so powerful with image and sound, weighed down by being so dialogue-heavy the imagery revealed to the audience throughout loses power. I found it difficult to attach myself to the two leads, their characters often feel more like cyphers than people. This is no bad thing considering the film's themes but it makes watching the central conflict become a little tedious by the end.
Rated 18 Feb 2010
80
83rd
A very good film, but make no mistake it is quite dull to watch. Some may feel it is like watching two people fawn over each other for two hours. Eiji Okada plays a character whose mindset and actions are not in the least bit Japanese, which proves almost comical. But I have to give the film credit that it was at least partially shot in Japan.
Rated 10 Jan 2011
55
29th
Painfully slow
Rated 02 Jan 2022
5
0th
Just astounding imagery. Great backdrop to a very compelling story. This one will stick with me for a while. Stitch together the flashbacks and memories and the current day cat-and-mouse of wanting to be together but knowing they can't. Incredible.
Rated 09 Jul 2014
80
73rd
Note to self: the Brussels-Cinematek doesn't subtitle their French films. Since my French is rusty, this was a hard watch for me, relying on the power of imagery to see through the film instead of its dialogues. Luckily this is a fine film with some amazing cinematography and I soon discovered the underlying theme of remembrance. I'll have to review it in the future to get the full experience though.
Rated 28 Feb 2016
17
93rd
Star Rating: ★★★★1/2
Rated 17 Mar 2019
90
77th
90.00
Rated 01 Mar 2012
5
34th
I...didn't get this.
Rated 27 Sep 2010
65
45th
Parts were good and parts were bad. The romance was pretty uninteresting to me. The memory sections were interesting but got a tad repetitive. I like the perspective it gave on the dropping of the bomb during WWII, something I've never seen in a movie before or since. It just didn't click with me for whatever reason, I guess it's not my thing.
Rated 14 Aug 2010
95
98th
I really enjoyed how Resnais presents memory as something that defines your character and might also haunt you for years. This story about a woman who is afraid to forget her disturbing past and love again is dreamy and absorbing.
Rated 15 Jun 2013
55
15th
Hiroshima, Savasin etkileri, siirsel (The House is Black) oyuncu, fransiz kadin, yasak ask, evli kadin ve evli erkegin yasak aski (Otyunculuk yapmak için Paris'ten Hirosima'ya gelen kadin burada bir yasak ask yasar. Gitmek ve kalmak arasinda tereddüt yasarken, Hirosima'nin acilari ekrana yansitilir.) AGIR
Rated 16 May 2020
5
91st
Incredible to consider this in any context, but as a debut? Yeesh. The sophisticated cross-cutting, the patient and complicated development of the twin histories (personal and political) that guide its white-hot and passionate emotional center, the daring of its elliptical and ambiguous editing and narration...where do you go from there? Oh, right: you direct Last Year at Marienbad. God shit.
Rated 14 Jan 2013
4
74th
There are plenty of great themes to kick around here: romantic longing between different cultural perspectives, memory as identity, the distress of Postwar Hiroshima, etc. But I just enjoyed seeing Japan through the lens of a French filmmaker (two of my favorite countries, as cinema goes). The cinematography is amazing. It does stumble over its own heightened, poetic, somewhat forced dialogue, but otherwise it's great.
Rated 23 Aug 2010
95
95th
My favorite French New Wave. I'm interested in memory, and this film touches on it on a personal, cultural, and collective manner. There's something honest and unique about this one.
Rated 23 May 2010
92
82nd
Really intriguing structure; it took some time for me to really to get hooked, but damn, once I was in I was in. A bit melodramatic, but it works to great effect. Arguably a godfather to new wave, particularly in it's use of structure to evoke emotion over traditional narrative plot development.
Rated 14 Oct 2018
60
35th
It must have been quite daring for Resnais to make a movie comparing a woman's first love (and loss) to the horrors of Hiroshima. And yet it's somewhat compelling as we know we just can't begin to imagine the magnitude of the bombings, but most of us do have those broken hearts from yesteryear. Still, the movie is about the love affair of two married people, which didn't resonate with me. The great musical score kept me watching.
Rated 07 Aug 2013
80
81st
watched: 2013, 2023
Rated 17 Jul 2018
80
87th
This was my first Resnais film, it has a powefull and hypnotic begining on a difficult subject, i think this movie depicts the mood of the city in a very interestic manner, but sometimes it drags a bit towards the end and looses some of the initial impact.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
39th
Historically interesting, first half hour or so is about all i needed.
Rated 17 Oct 2013
6
83rd
a rather opaque romance movie. much to digest here, but partly seems to be about the human tendency to concoct special meaning between disparate events, people and places. in particular, the cities of nevers and hiroshima and the two men she loves within them are interrelated only from her subjective perspective. a fascinating watch.
Rated 27 Jan 2009
95
96th
Wonderful, touching and poetic, visual poesy of feelings
Rated 16 Jul 2009
90
94th
Hiroshima mon amour: 10 // 10 // 8 // 8 // 10 // 9 // 8
Rated 03 Jul 2011
85
77th
03 Temmuz 2011, sezi'nin onerisi & hafizanin yara kabuklari hakkinda bir film. duras'in etkisiyle ('mavi gozler siyah saclar' ne kotu bir kitapti!) anlatim ve ozellikle diyaloglar biraz fazla edebi bir hal almis.. ama bunun da filme siirsellik kattigini soyleyebilirim. / 24 Kasim 12, Zevahir & Siirselligini muzik, kurgu, narration ile sagliyor. Mizansen ve dogallik ile degil. Bu sebep ile bu sefer izledigimde siirselligine isinamadım. 85' dusurdum.
Rated 22 Feb 2012
80
84th
"It starts in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but ends in an extramarital affair" - sounds like a recipe for disaster? I think it ends up as a stunningly beautiful movie. Every scene, perhaps every shot permeated by a stunning beauty."
Rated 06 Feb 2014
80
0th
2x
Rated 24 May 2015
81
84th
Starts off amazing, but drags on a bit too much towards the end, somewhat managing to outstay its welcome.
Rated 05 Apr 2017
7
73rd
This does seem to verge on the pretentious at times but it is compelling viewing with thought provoking themes. It creates an unsettling atmosphere.
Rated 03 Jun 2018
55
17th
What was once an essential viewing for poetic realism, now comes off as creepy and dated. A slog of a film where the sums are not greater than its parts; the acting is great, the directing is beautiful, and black-and-white cinematography gives an aura that colour could never achieve,
Rated 17 Mar 2021
85
87th
Man, they found everything, except the bomb, totally hilarious.
Rated 14 May 2022
90
87th
You can see how the director of "Night and Fog" is disturbed by Hiroshima becoming mostly a tourist destination less than 15 years after the bombing, and wondering how an outsider, who inevitably saw the bombing as also the end of the war, can ever really know anything about Hiroshima. There's a fear ever present in this film of memories fading and shaping an even more terrible future.
Rated 08 Jun 2016
80
82nd
"Tu nas rien vu a Hiroshima" . "You saw nothing in Hiroshima" The film depicts the story of two people who fall in love while the heroine is an actress in a film in Hiroshima. Both of them have had their share if tragedies in their respective lives. The french woman has lost the love of her life due to a murder and the japanese man has lost his beloved ones in Hiroshima due to atomic bomb in WWII. They rediscover life through their love. A beautiful moment is the opening sequence.
Rated 13 Jan 2010
95
90th
107
Rated 27 Feb 2016
45
32nd
First 15 minutes was absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately after that, Resnais misses the opportunity of making a great drama with gracious political background and it is starting to be an annoying, easily forgettable love story.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
32nd
My first thought after watching it was "So what?" It just didn't impress me.
Rated 27 Apr 2008
85
84th
An incredible film.
Rated 23 Dec 2016
7
61st
How very extremely poetic, and she talks to him as if he were her dead soldier lover. I'm not made for this. I can recognize very high peaks.
Rated 29 Jul 2022
82
79th
Beautiful, mesmerizing film with a fantastic performance from Emmanuelle Riva (who plays a very psychologically complex character, haunted by memory) and a good one from Eiji Okada. The elements meld together perfectly to make a memorable experience.
Rated 13 Apr 2018
90
90th
A film way beyond its time with a powerful literary archetype. Watching someone rediscover themselves after a sudden impossible and yet familiar love, seems completely relevant. Resnais does this by connecting man with the universe (the city) and it's quite admirable. Many subjects left open to discuss, but specifically, I'm touched by the idea of this limbo between living in neglect of human desire or to embrace some sort of atomic change. Its ambiguity admits re-watching.
Rated 04 Jan 2012
70
54th
quite some unnecessary scenes towards the end, unfortunately.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
95
90th
#109
Rated 12 Mar 2011
95
93rd
either this is much better than Marienbad, or I've learned to appreciate the mystery an elusiveness in Resnais' films a lot more.
Rated 24 Aug 2011
100
95th
perfect stranger:))

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