Inner Space 8: Inner Emptiness

" ... If Hiroshima mon amour is about history and places, both disintegrate within the traumatized subject. And if trauma is an inability to find safe space (including the woman's inability to inhabit the space she's in), the film depicts the characters' emotional inability to relate to one another. Resnais's camera depicts architectural and urban environments as empty, which resonates with the affective numbness of the characters' mental states.

... By making lack of perspective part of the woman's memory of the aftermath of World War II, Resnais depicts the emotional numbness caused by trauma on several levels, but mostly in terms of space: the emptiness the woman encounters in the buildings and streets of Hiroshima is representative of her own inner emptiness, her inability to connect to another human being."

–"Womb Fantasies: Subjective Architectures in Postmodern Literature, Cinema, and Art" by Caroline Rupprecht

The exploration of spatial trauma through subjective environments in Alain Resnais' Hiroshima mon amour