romance analysis: 3 intense films

Revolutionary Road
Kate Winslet + Leonardo DiCaprio

Snared between conformity and their mutual aching for vitality, Frank and April take the fight of their lives out on eachother. It’s a brilliant perspective of the bitterness that comes with compromise and how love manages to spring from the cracks.

I love this line from wife to husband:
“Tell me the truth, Frank, we used to live by it. And you know what’s so good about the truth? Everyone knows what it is however long they’ve lived without it. No one forgets the truth Frank, they just get better at lying.”

Bam.

Blind Date {click on the title to watch a film clip}
Stanley Tucci + Patricia Clarkson

In an attempt to heal the wounds of their marriage caused by the death of their child, Donald and Jenna plot blind dates with each other. The complexities of their pain and striving desire are driven by an excellent script and set against the back drop of a Moulin Rouge-esque bar – which makes the film compelling in every way. The ending is fearless and shocking. And FYI, this indi film was shot in Belgium with only a seven-day shoot, and a year and a half for rehearsal.

Crazy Love A documentary: Lawyer Burt and Linda from the Bronx fall in love. Burt’s a double crossing sleaze and Linda dumps him. Burt hires bad guy to throw lye on Linda’s poster girl face. “If I can’t have her, nobody will.” She goes blind, he goes to the slammer. When he gets out, they get married. CRAZY.

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