“Sometimes we have to avoid thinking about the problems life presents. Otherwhise we’d suffocate.”
At first Alain Resnais wasn’t very interested in making a film about Hiroshima as he was requested to do by the producers. He was afraid that it would turn out to be too similar to his previous documentary film Nuit et brouillard (Night and Fog). But in the end Resnais agreed to make the film, if only Marguerite Duras would write the script, and fortunately Duras was willing to take the job! Resnais’ very first feature film Hiroshima, mon amour (1959) is a very touching film about memory, oblivion, impossible love and war (traumas).
What does it mean to remember something, someone? What happens when we start to forget? Is it possible to completely forget? The painful, devastating memories we’re desperately trying to forget, to keep us from suffocating. But at the same time feeling like we cannot afford to lose a single frame of those precious memories. Hiroshima, mon amour gives a beautiful cinematographic insight to the war-struck minds of him and her, two people who meet in Hiroshima. The long conversations, her memories, her lost love, the unbearable thought of departing and the necessity of it are represented in a very beautiful, yet realistic way.
Hiroshima, mon amour was sort of like a starting point for the French New Wave, or at least it’s considered to be one of the most important films of the movement. It was also praised by other filmmakers, such as Jean-Luc Godard and Éric Rohmer.
There is so much more to say about this film, but I trust you to watch it if you haven’t yet!
It’s definitely worth seeing.
I wish you all have a nice weekend!
If you want to watch the movie, I’ve embedded it below (Jacopo)!