A French actress and a Japanese architect meet in Hiroshima. Both carry war trauma: she had an affair with a German soldier and was arrested, while he witnessed the horrors of the atomic bomb up close. Over a period of just over 24 hours, the two engage in intensely personal conversations with each other.
Hiroshima mon amour stands out for its intriguing use of time. Instead of choosing the conventional path and relying on flashbacks, the past and present fluidly merge. Marguerite Duras wrote the screenplay for the film and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1959.