LOVE'S LABOURS LOST
5 GREAT FILMS ABOUT UNREQUITED LOVE
PUBLISHED 1 JULY 2016
Ang Lee / 2004
“But you didn't want it, Ennis! So what we got now is Brokeback Mountain! Everything's built on that!"
In 1960s Wyoming, a ranch hand Ennis (Heath Ledger) and rodeo cowboy Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) fall in love whilst herding sheep on Brokeback Mountain. It is a beautiful, heart-breaking tale of love, fear and regret, spanning the characters’ lifetimes and their inner conflicts.
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
Marc Webb / 2009
“No! Don't pull that with me! This is not how you treat your friend! Kissing in the copy room? Holding hands in IKEA? Shower sex?”
(500) Days of Summer plays on nearly every trope from the romantic comedy genre. When Summer (Zooey Deschanel) starts working in Tom’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) office, he is instantly infatuated. The only problem is Summer is the opposite of the typical love interest.
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
Edgar Wright / 2010
“Next time, we don't date the girl with 11 evil ex-boyfriends.”
After Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) starts dating Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) he gets more than he bargained for when he is confronted with the reality that he must fight her seven evil exes for them to remain dating. Ramona leaves behind a trail of heartbreak wherever she goes but, as it happens, so does Scott. The awkward interactions between Scott and his also numerous ex girlfriends are hilarious to encounter.
Cameron Crowe / 2000
“You don't know what he says to me in private. Maybe it is love - as much as it can be…”
15-year-old Billy (Patrick Fugit) lands the job of a lifetime, travelling with the band Stillwater and writing their story for Rolling Stone magazine. Whilst on the road he meets Penny (Kate Hudson) one of the band’s groupies, or as she calls herself “a band aid”. Being the experienced worldly woman she is, he instantly falls for her but she is deeply in love with the band’s lead singer who will never see her as more than a groupie. Every character is so passionate and full of love but it is never directed at the person who will be able to reciprocate.
Woody Allen / 1977
“A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.”
In arguably one of the best romantic comedies of all time, Alvy (Woody Allen) is in crisis after his relationship with Annie (Diane Keaton) ended a year ago. The comedy stems from Allen’s perfect brand of observational neurotic humour. It brilliantly encapsulates everything that is not only wonderful about relationships but also undeniably peculiar. It depicts a quest for a greater understanding of love and relationships, what makes them work and how easy it is for them to fall apart.