Valentine’s Day is around the corner. For most of us, it will be a usual day at work. But amidst all that monotony, we often look forward to coming back home to a loved one.
Now, every relationship has its quirks. A celebration of the relationship should ideally be true to those idiosyncrasies. For many of us, an ideal Valentine’s Day is a quiet affair at home with our significant other. A movie night, some butter popcorn, two glasses of Jameson’s or 100 Pipers seems like the perfect date for the occasion.
Here is a list of movies that can be your choice of a late night watch with your loved one. Not your typical romantic dramas, these movies center around different perspectives, contexts and stories of love.
Bridges of Madison County
If you’ve seen this movie already, Valentine’s Day is just the right day to watch it all over again. And if you haven’t, well there’s Robert Kincaid, the National Geographic photographer, played by the ever-ravishing Clint Eastwood and Francesca, an Iowan housewife, played by the stunning Meryl Streep. The movie unfolds with Francesca’s children discovering that their mother had an affair with the travelling photographer who had come to Madison County on account of work while they were out of town for a few days with their father. As the story unfolds, we get to see Streep and Eastwood ace the enactment of the intimacy at play. Familial bonds, responsibility, romance, and fleeting yet defining emotions, the movie covers a lot of grounds. If you are someone who looks for takeaways while watching a movie, be assured that it’ll help you get hold of a lot of direction in life.
Loving is a movie that stays with you for a long time. It is inspiring, moving, and an emotional ride to state the least. The movie tracks the real life story of an interracial married couple who struggle to live in their hometown after being banished by local government authorities. It all took place during the late 60s and 70s. The couple defied all odds and fought their battle in the courts. Eventually, the Supreme Court made way for a historic decision that was to change existing customs and orders while making institutions more tolerant toward society in general. The couple’s dedication, unflinching love, and commitment are bound to unnerve those with a rather emotional side.
The Before Trilogy
The list is incomplete without Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy. Shot over two decades, the trilogy explores time, strangers who fall in love, persist, expect, deepen, and strain in and out of their relationship over the course of twenty years. Disillusioned pre-adults, Celine and Jesse, played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, meet by chance and sweep each other off their feet. Age makes a remarkable impression on them. Dialogue happens to be the cornerstone of the three movies. It traces ordinary life and the intermingling of romantic destiny at play. No matter what stage of your relationship you are in, you’ve got to find the three movies relatable.
Southside with You
Southside with You is a romantic biography. It focuses on Barack Obama and his wife Michelle’s first date. Whether you’ve started off new in your relationship or are in one that’s been going on rock solid for years, this movie will tick off the right notes on Valentine’s Day. In late 1980s, Obama is working as an intern at a law firm in Chicago. He meets Michelle there, who’s working as his supervisor at the firm. They go out on their first date and what follows is purely heartwarming. Watch it for a whole lot of good feels.
We’ve all had our fair share of high school romance. If your high school relationship has passed the test of time, this movie will ensure that you value your relationship all the more. If things are well over and you’ve moved on in your life and settled for another person, you’ll realize that all good things end when the time’s right. You move onto different things but that does not necessarily belittle your past or the good memories associated with it. Blue Jay is honest in terms of its storytelling. It explores the lives of high school lovebirds, who cross each other’s paths after decades.