Hiroshima Mon Amour

Hiroshima Mon Amour ★★★½

Hiroshima Mon Amour is a dazzling tale of broken souls in the atomic age bonding over shared pain. Depicting a French woman's foredoomed romance with a Japanese man in the city of Hiroshima, where the aftermath of its atomic bomb attack is still felt, the story goes way beyond just a love story.

Starting with soul crushing images of victims from the bomb attack, coupled with Emmanuelle Riva's sombre voiceover, the story instantly put you in the right mind for 90 minutes of simmering slow burn, which features mostly two lovers exchanging respective reflections and the ruthless ways the war has destroyed them. Slowly and abstractly, the line between reality and memory is intentionally blurred, allowing the past to creep into the present, and trauma to intertwine with bliss. The extremely bleak, black-and-white visuals and the masterfully reserved performances from both Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada tremendously add to the overflowing melodramatic vibe and emotional impact.

Hiroshima Mon Amour is a glorious celebration of human resilience, as well as a cautionary tale regarding the human cruelty. Whether or not the romance aspect necessarily moves you, the highly artistic visions and its extremely timeless, sincere message is simply respectable.

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