Hiroshima mon amour concerns a series of conversations (or one enormous conversation) over a 36-hour long period between a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva), referred to as She, and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada), referred to as He. They have had a brief relationship, and are now separating. The two debate memory and forgetfulness as She prepares to depart,I seem to be reading a lot of books and seeing a lot of movies that feature memory as a concept or central element. This one is painful to watch. Those memories we are so sure of: how much have we actually forgotten? Isn't is sometimes a blessing to forget? how closely does our memory come to what actually happened? Do our memories help form who we are, or does who we are shape our memories? if we no longer remember something, does it cease to affect us? Does forgetting something change us? does sharing a memory protect us from its loss? is there any way to know?
It is included in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. DVD Talk says, "Is Hiroshima mon amour a great picture? Definitely yes, although modern audiences may not appreciate how revolutionary its flashback structure was at the time, when all flashbacks needed very literal preparation." The Spinning Image says, "Hiroshima Mon Amour is an excellent film ..., as a work of the cinematic arts, and as a chart of the human psyche’s difficulties in dealing with memory." The critics score at Rotten Tomatoes is 100%.