Sunday, December 7, 2008

Hiroshima Mon Amour

This film is a depiction of a moment in time between two people who are away from the worlds that they know and who are functioning in a discontinuous way. The dialogue is systematic, and the stories are very fragmented. A whole picture is never really seen - all the story deals with is inner issues of the characters. The film shows this in a number of ways. For example, by not having dialogue in the flashbacks, and by making the characters seem robotic in the way they talk, and how they talk, provides for the disjunct intent of the movie. The fact that sudden love can either change you (as it did for Lui) or resurrect memories of heartbreak (as it did for Elle). 
As Elle re-tells her story, Lui falls deeply in love with her and wants her to stay, but Elle has become so distant from the idea of love that she leaves. When she speaks normally, she is a completely different person as opposed to when she talks about her past. When she does talk about her past, she falls into a horrified, semi-psychotic trance that takes her back to memories and days that she thought she had left behind. Her story is a fragmented flashback that although tells the story, still leaves a lot of loose ends. There is no way to really piece together her former self and her self in the present, so she leaves. 

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