Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

  • April 29, 2022 | 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Alain Resnais
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: France, Japan
Language: French, Japanese, English
Rating: PG


Cannes International Film Festival 1959

BAFTA Awards 1961

“The illusion, quite simply, is so perfect, that tourists weep. It’s easy to be cynical. But what else can a tourist possibly do, but weep?”
– Elle in Hiroshima Mon Amour

Full Synopsis

Alain Resnais’ first narrative feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour reconstructs historical trauma through meditations of personal memory and subjective remembrance. Set in post-war Hiroshima, a French actress engages in a brief and intense affair with a Japanese architect broaching old wounds of love and loss.

Originally commissioned as a documentary of Hiroshima twelve years after the bombing, Resnais eschewed realist approaches for more abstract, dream-like sequences. Dust, rubble and skin present an intimate collage of suffering and witness juxtaposed against hypnotic tracking shots of the newly-built modern city and newsreel footage of the bombing (some of which were reenactments). Resnais presents Hiroshima as a meditative site of emerging modernity, anchoring an imagination of Asia that gives the West its interiority—a mirror to the French audience’s own collective trauma.

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The full Orienting Paradise: Western Projections of the East programme can be found here. Tickets will go on sale Friday, 25 March 2022.

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