Entries Tagged 'Romance' ↓

truly, madly, deeply

Juliet Stevenson plays a grief-stricken woman paralyzed by her lover’s death. In that refreshing “warts and all” English tradition, looks are of little importance, and when she sobs, she’s a sniveling snot-nosed wreck. To ease her anguish, her lover’s ghost takes up residence in the house. When he starts inviting his pals over for ghoulish movie nights, however, she realizes it’s time to set foot back in the world of the living. Eons removed from the glossy Hollywood movie, “Ghost”, it’s authentic, uplifting and amusing – a thinking person’s tear-jerker. [uk, 1991]

enchanted april

A beautifully filmed story of two bored, married women who act on impulse and rent an Italian villa for the month of April. The story revolves around their interactions with two fellow guests at the villa who could not be more different from the English housewives. A small, gentle story of manners and romance. [uk, 1992]

bollywood/hollywood

In Deepa Mehta’s giddy nod to India & America’s movie-making goliaths, the action takes place somewhere between – in her polyglot home of Toronto. When a young dot com millionaire’s fiance dies, his weeping mother advises him that ‘the best cure for a broken heart is marriage’. To please her, he embarks on a fake engagement with a gorgeous and multi-talented escort (Toronto-born Lisa Ray achieved fame in India). There’s an imperious grandmother who speaks in Shakespearean quotes and a transvestite chauffeur. Cue the uproarious song-and dance-numbers and join in the good times. [canada, 2002]

brief encounter

Based on a Noel Coward play, this 1945 classic, is the story of a suburban housewife who happens into passionate love in a railway station on one of her weekly trips to town for groceries. Celia Howard stars as Laura, a woman who is wracked by guilt as she remembers the unrequited passion she felt for a stranger all while her husband worries about her nerves. This film captures the subtlety of married love and contrasts it to the roller coaster of emotions brought on by an affair (or the mere thought of one) through glances, swelling Rachmaninoff, and the ever present motif of trains. [uk, 1945]

harold and maude

Harold’s name may be first but it’s Maude (Ruth Gordon) who steals the show as feisty octogenarian who teaches the morbidly suicidal Harold a few things about life and a lot more about love. A bonus to this flick is the bubbly sing-along soundtrack by a pre-Islam Cat Stevens. [us, 1971]

live bait

With a nod to Harold and Maude, this charming film has a confused Gen Xer muddling his way through school, home, and love. Things perk up when he falls for a sixty-something sculptor (Micki Maunsell). Crisp and sweet as a fall apple. [canada, 1995]

ladies in lavender

Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith star in this story of two sisters, Ursula and Janet, whose simple existence is turned on its ear when an injured young man washes up on their beach. Ursula (Dench) is a spinster, and Janet (Smith) a war widow, so it has been some time since a man was in their lives. The presence of the vivacious young man stirs up long forgotten feelings in Ursula, and tensions arise in the household. Delicately acted and beautifully shot, this film has the added delight of seeing these two formidable actors comfortably together. Smith plays true to role with arched superiority, but Dench is the real marvel of this movie, showing the blush of young love as it is reflected in old age. [UK, 2005]