There are lots of stuff happening these days – the pandemic, local wars, domestic racism… During these difficult times, love is all we need to ease our worries and remedy the pain of loneliness. When it comes to love, we throw all the annoyance and frustration out of our minds, and we embrace care, closeness, protectiveness, attraction, trust, and sometimes, intimacy. Here are 4 romance movies that will evoke your euphoric sensations:
<Eyes Wide Shut>
Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, the film is a 1999 erotic mystery psychological drama film directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick.
Not only do we get to see the ex-couple's intimate scenes, but also the brilliance of the two's convincing acting. The film is about the scary connection between the erotic and the anonymous in a nutshell, exploring the role that fantasies of strangers play in our sex lives and suggesting that married people are, ultimately, also strangers to each other.
It's still surprising that Cruise, one of today's most charismatic actors, allows himself to be cast with such a schmucky role - an attractive, confident, cocky, ultra-heterosexual young man called Bill who excelled in every talent or career he chose, whether it be flying fighter planes, racing automobiles, playing pool, bartending, or being a secret agent. On the other hand, Alice, played by Kidman, was never a functional character. Often shrouded in a hazy blueish halo, Alice is as enchanting and charming as Bill, but more emotionally-complex and elusive.
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<Fifty Shades of Grey>
As one of the few R-rated that made it to theater, the film marks a relatively successful representation of cinematic kinky love.
Adapted from E.L. James' novel, it follows the deepening relationship between Anastasia Steele, a college graduate, and Christian Grey, a young business billionaire. Its explicit erotic scenes featuring elements of BDSM cater to many's ineffable and guilty pleasures, which are built upon a sadic/masochisitc relationship – one being a condescending and caring CEO and the other being a vulnerable, dependent white-collar girl.
Even being targetted for a controversial portrayal of BDSM, Taylor-Johnson directs the film with taste and care by focusing on the interactions between Ana and Christian rather than the sexual side of the story with restrained cinematography and moody, atmospheric lighting.
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<It Feels So Good>
"Love is communism in its minimal form," says Alan Badiou.
Directed by Haruhiko Arai, the film sets out to be a rather indie erotic romance, receiving mostly positive reviews on major websites.
Rather than taking on the explicitly of love and sex, the act of intimacy takes its place and significance in an apocalyptic context – a small town near a volcano on the brink of eruption. The ephemerality takes up the majority of the film, and is elaborated throughout the two reticent characters' daily interactions, be it shopping, encounters of the past/present, meandering at beaches, or making love. As imminent as the eruption, the desire for each's sexual and emotional affection continues to overflow between the two, posing as a huge contrast to the nihilistic value and indifference held pervasively throughout the town and even the country itself.
Under such a weighty backdrop, the love staged by Tasuku Emoto and Kumi Takiuchi is indeed an emotion-packed journey not to be missed.
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<Blue Is the Warmest Colour>
Starring Lea Seydoux, and Adele Exarchopoulos, the film is deemed one of the best films on lesbian love.
It's still a coming-of-age story, even there is a lot of adulity that might seem too much for her age. We follow Adele as she goes through her life as a student and then as a teacher - how much time passes is unclear, but there is plenty of her opportunity for personal growth and love. She meets and falls in love with a blue-haired woman (Lea Seydeaux). She has her ups and downs, with the downs being particularly hard to watch, and the tenderness, on the other hand, is apparent, euphoric, and as genuine as modern cinema about honesty, sex, and companionship.
Its mise-en-scene and cinematography are among the finest of 2013 and in modern French cinema, while the actors give their natural and convincing acting.