in about 100 words or less
France/Japan/Mexico 90m, B&W
Director: Alain Resnais; Cast: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud
Hiroshima My Love is a complex and intimate conversation between a French woman and a Japanese man. In a non-linear style of story telling, their emotionally charged three-day encounter is told as a series of flashbacks in which they describe their experiences during WWII. This is a tragic and challenging film that juxtaposes their intense but brief meeting against graphic images of the horrific aftermath of the atomic bomb, as well as her story as a young woman who lost her German fiance, and was subsequently shamed by her community upon the liberation of her town (Klaus Ming February 2015).