Updated: Aug 10, 2020
Day 2: 14 Days of Valentines. Now this is not your typical list of romantic movies.
You won't find When Harry Met Sally... on this list (although I do like that movie). But you will find relationships just as messy, with heightened emotions, soulmate connections, and just a bit of that magic that I think life is about. They will make you feel alive! (The interesting part is that a lot of these were made in 2003/2004 but the only one I saw when it came out was the Notebook.)
You can see most of the movies on Amazon, just click on the titles. There is also an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.
SPOILER ALERT: DON'T READ THE BULLET POINTS UNTIL YOU WATCH THE MOVIES! :)
Let's get into it!
1. LOVE ME IF YOU DARE (2003) (Jeux d'enfants, translated as Children's Games)
It is a game of dare played between two kids who grow into being just as daring when adults. Who will win? Will love win?
Cap ou pas Cap? Are you Game?
"Tell me that you love me first because I’m afraid that if I tell you first you’ll think that I’m playing the game."
"You know... there were lots of things I was game for that you never said." "Like?"
"...loving you like crazy."
This is the film where Marion Cotillard first starred with her future boyfriend, Guillaume Canet (together since 2007).
2. CLOSER (2004)
Two couples get intertwined within their relationships, but who will each one end up with?
Pete Wentz and I agree on one thing - this is one of the most quotable movies. He is a big fan of this film and you will find Closer quotes in older Fall Out Boy's song titles and lyrics. (Also Panic! At the Disco paid homage with their song Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off, a quote from Natalie's character, Alice.)
Natalie Portman and Clive Owen earned Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress and Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. (They were also nominated for an Oscar.)
This film is based on a play by Patrick Marber and he also wrote the screenplay. The script differs a bit, especially the ending (for anyone who's interested in what really happened, you can find the Closer play here, or chat me up on @ValeriaSweetOfficial).
When the play was performed, Clive Owen used to play Dan before playing Larry on screen.
3. BEFORE SUNRISE/BEFORE SUNSET (1995/2004)
Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight. The trilogy that makes you want to believe in love, fall in love, trust strangers, and to expect to meet your soulmate anywhere, especially in Vienna!
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke will always look like a real couple. Maybe because they did improvise all of the dialog.