A QUIRKY KIND OF LOVE
5 GREAT INDEPENDENT FILMS ABOUT LOVE
PUBLISHED 1 JULY 2016
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
Michel Gondry / 2004
“The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!”
When Joel (Jim Carrey) finds that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has erased all memory of him and their relationship, he attempts to undergo the same procedure. A mind-bending, poetic tale that leaves the audience both equally hopeful and despairing.
Drake Doremus / 2011
“I don't feel like I'm part of your life. I feel like I'm on vacation.”
Featuring the talents of rising star Felicity Jones and the recently tragically deceased Anton Yelchin, LIKE CRAZY is a beautifully crafted story about how a British student (Jones) falls in love with an American student (Yelchin) whilst studying abroad. With nearly all the dialogue improvised by the actors, it feels undeniably real in its depiction of love, jealously and heartbreak.
Derek Cianfrance / 2010
“Baby, you made a promise to me, okay? You said, "for better or worse". You said that.”
BLUE VALENTINE documents the perfectly normal and happy relationship between Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) that, with no apparent cause, begins to fall apart around them. It is an unforgiving exploration of what brings people together and ultimately sets them adrift. The power of the film is its heart-wrenching realisation that not all separations have one direct cause and that this could happen to any couple.
CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER
Lee Toland Krieger / 2012
“You deserve to be happy. And I want that for you. Always.”
Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are soul mates. The only problem is they are getting a divorce. They are convinced they can remain friends but when Jesse meets someone else only then does Celeste realise the mistake she has made. The film delves into every stage of post break-up life as we are dragged along on Celeste’s self-destructive journey.
Josh Radnor / 2012
“I just can't figure out if it’s because you're advanced, or because I'm stunted.”
Directed, written by and starring Josh Radnor, LIBERAL ARTS tells the story of Jesse, a 35-year-old literature graduate who returns to his old college and falls in love with 19-year-old student Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen). The film questions the very idea of love itself and whether we ever really fall in love or simply with the concept.