Hiroshima Mon Amour ★★★★

Hiroshima is hypnotic and soothing, but demands a certain mood for viewing. I was captured by the poetic repetition and beautiful camerawork; the isolating, portrait-like close-ups and rhythmic cuts; the temporal dissonance and interlaced flashbacks; yet in another viewing, I could easily find it bland and self-important. Allegorically, it's heavy-handed in its political and romantic ties, but Resnais never meant for his film to be subtle or believable. In Hiroshima, Resnais presents an entrancing piece of performance art whose political statements are washed over by tonal art-house strokes, evoking a tender feeling of longing and reminiscence over a collection of cold and distant images.