Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Directed by Alain Resnais

The deep conversation between a Japanese architect and a French actress forms the basis of this celebrated French film, considered one of the vanguard productions of the French New Wave. Set in Hiroshima after the end of World War II, the couple -- lovers turned friends -- recount, over many hours, previous romances and life experiences. The two intertwine their stories about the past with pondering the devastation wrought by the atomic bomb dropped on the city.

When wanting to remember, commemorate and understand the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, Alain Resnais waited until 1959 to create a multi-layered, difficult film about the ineffable concepts of guilt, memory and remembering. By this time, Japan, on the other hand had made fifteen Godzilla movies. I'm afraid I don't quite understand this one.