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Of Movies and Relationships

  • Jan 24, 2010
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Just a selection of relationship movies from my personal movie collection. Below is a short list of flicks that should be required viewing by all men worldwide.
A heartless tycoon meets his match in the 1995 Sydney Pollack re-imaging of Sabrina. This version reworks Sabrina into an independent, stylish, and brilliantly tactful woman capable of holding her own when dealing with Linus Larrabee. Sabrina is no doormat and Linus is no pushover; yet these two driven individuals manage to discover a mutual respect and deep love for one another. Sometimes opposites attract – sometimes like attracts like.
Before Sunset
The 2004 sequel to the remarkable film Before Sunrise.The movie opens with Jesse wrapping up his European book signing tour in a Parisian bookstore when he encounters Celine. It has been nine years since they parted ways with fervent promises to meet again in 6 months time. The film was shot largely real time in order to heighten the immediacy of their conversation. Over the course of 9 years, both characters have grown into functioning adults who, like all of us, have made mistakes along the way. In the following clip, they openly discuss personal relationship issues. In a rare display of on screen maturity, both manage to not blame anyone else for their relationship misfortunes.

Forces of Nature
A visual treat of a film, although the plot may be a bit weak. The story opens with Ben Holmes traveling to Savannah for his wedding. Due to an unexpected plane vs bird catastrophe, he finds himself sharing alternate travel arrangements with a free spirited woman named Sarah. Did I mention they are being stalked by a hurricane at they head south? Sometimes people need a personal hurricane to help them sort out what is truly important in their lives.
Under the Tuscan Sun (Widescreen Edition) (2003)
Note to guys worldwide: Sometimes breaking up with your girlfriend or divorcing your wife may be the the best thing you have ever done for her.
An incredibly warped perspective on modern relationships is presented in this film. This movie is the poster child for how NOT to have an adult relationship. In all fairness, it is well crafted movie with talented actors and actresses in the title roles. It is obvious they relished digging into the petty vindictiveness of these characters and I enjoyed their performance. Personally, I would RUN, not walk away from this type relationship.
The more cultured of women enjoy French cinema, so having knowledge of at least ONE movie in this genre can make a difference.

City of Angels
What would you give up for love? Every relationship is a compromise, but would you give up eternity? 

Love Actually (Widescreen Edition) (2003)
It always amazes me how many romantic plots were shoe horned into this movie and yet it works!  Everyone can find something to relate to in this feature film. 
Exquisite journey of love and loss.

Love and Chocolat - need I say more?

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February 02, 2010
You might want to check out Wong Kar-Wai's films, particularly In the Mood For Love. That's perhaps the most gorgeous film ever made, and beauty pervades all of his shots. The romance in his films is also remarkably good, and I say that as someone who generally hates films where the first descriptor is "romantic."

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is another great film about relationships, and the ambiguity makes for some interesting discussion about the nature of relationships.
January 25, 2010
Great idea for a list! I would add The Holiday to this, as it encompasses so many different relationship dynamics.
January 26, 2010
Good suggestion! I will have to add it to the list.
January 25, 2010
Nice list Tania! I love the idea behind it too...I think I may have added He's Just Not That Into You because of the variety of relationship issues it delves into and I've never seen Closer, so I'll have to add that onto my Netflix.
January 26, 2010
Hmm, will have to check out this movie, it looks like a promising addition to the Tania movie collection.
January 25, 2010
Love this list!  I'm a sucker for love movies, and I agree, these "should be required viewing by all men worldwide"!  These movies would go great with some of the things on @woopak_the_thrill's Valentine's Day list :)  Thanks for sharing!
January 25, 2010
By the way, is there suppose to be a video for Before Sunset? I see a larger space there, but no video... so if there's suppose to be a video there, let me know and I can help you out! ;)
January 26, 2010
Devora, I'll tell you that creating this list was quite difficult - technically. Yes, there should be a video clip with the Before Sunset review, I've tried posting it twice with no luck Here is the link, if you can help me with this glitch, I'd appreciate it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jxtiRjNc1o
January 26, 2010
Sorry about that, Tania! Any details or feedback that you could provide would be most helpful because we want to make our features as user-friendly as possible. I embedded the video for you, but I'll have someone look into what went wrong so that we can prevent that in the future. Thanks! :)
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