It’s time to move over the done to death boy-meets-girl love stories having a candyfloss romance and living happily ever after. This is the routine storyline and narrative for many film makers in India and abroad, which is seriously giving out a bitter taste in the mouth now. If you are a movie buff and crush on love stories, here is a list of movies which you should check out. They have the most unusual stories, where you will find all the usual elements missing:
13. Harold and Maude (1971)
Harold and Maude is a love story between a teenaged young boy and a septuagenarian woman. He was obsessed with death and his life changed after he met Maude who was full of life even at the age of 70. A beautiful coming-of-age tale, it shows how love can change the way a person thinks about life.
12. The Japanese Wife (2010)
The Japanese Wife, directed by Aparna Sen, shows how pen pals decide to get married and carry on a relationship for many years by keeping in touch with letters. Despite having a wife and a son, this man continues to have a wife who he take cares of just like a husband, but has never seen her.
11. Before Sunrise (1995)
This successful movie went on to have more than one sequel: Before Sunset and Before Midnight. An American boy and a European girl meet in a train in Europe and spend a night in the city of Vienna. But, so as to not let their relationship fail, both decide not to exchange contact details. The movie tries to create mystery around the existence of one night’s love. They leave promising to meet, but nobody knows what happens next.
10. Highway (2013)
Highway, a film by Imtiaz Ali, is about how a girl gets kidnapped by goons and gradually falls in love with the one who actually gagged her and pulled her by the hair. The kidnapper fails to reciprocate her feelings as he is already bound by his traumatizing childhood memories. Just when they decide to stay together in the hills he gets shot by the police who were looking for the girl. It’s a doomed love story, but gives a lot more than taking away.
9. In the Mood for Love (2000)
Wong Kar Wai’s masterpiece In the Mood for Love is a story about two people who are tenants at a noisy building in Hong Kong and who suspect each other’s spouses of having an affair with one another. They bond well with each other, fall secretly in love – but never manage to convey it to each other. A tale of love and longing – it can’t get better than this. In the end, you see that though none are in contact with each other, yet both have clear memories of each other etched in their minds.
8. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Last Tango in Paris is about the love story of a middle aged widower business man and a young girl in her 20s. They decide to maintain anonymity by not telling their names or their past. The relationship begins with sex, but takes an emotional and obsessive turn at the end when it becomes real. Their relationship comes to an end when the man starts giving out details from his past and which partially takes out the spark off it.
7. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, a film by Aparna Sen is a love story between a devout Hindu woman and a Muslim man after she saves her from communal rioters in a bus. The bus was taking them to Kolkata and it met with people who were killing Muslims. Meenakshi tells the rioters that the Muslim man was her husband and that they are Hindus, which saves him from death.
6. Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013)
Blue is the Warmest Colour is a French film about the realization of a girl’s sexual identity as she falls in love with another girl a few years elder to her. Adele meets Emma, a confident young woman with striking blue eyes and hair and her life changes as she asserts herself as a woman and an adult. The movie is an adaptation of the novel Blue Angel by Julie Maroh, but the end has been changed. It is touching and will bring a tear to your eye each time you watch it.
5. Charulata (1964)
Charulata is a film by Satyajit Ray based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore named “Nastaneer.” Charulata is a childless and lonely wife of a rich Kolkata gentleman, who was a newspaper editor. Problem arise with the entry of Charulata’s husband’s brother Amal. She falls in love with the lively Amal who also shares her love for the arts. The distance with her husband grows and finally at the end she is shattered after getting news of Amal’s departure.
4. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Brokeback Mountain is a moving tale of two cowboys, who fall hopelessly in love with each other while their stay at the Brokeback mountains, and how they spend the rest of their lives together. Based in 1963, this film shows how their relationship was deemed as taboo and that they had to fall back on usual family traditions yet having a deep affection for each other. The film bagged Oscars with one for Ang Lee as the Best Director.
3. Secretary (2002)
Secretary is a very unusual love story between a demanding lawyer and his secretary. The lawyer employs a girl as his secretary, who turns out to be his object of affection and later perversion. Their sexual relationship turns out to be sado-masochistic and the film portrays certain BDSM acts. The ending yet comes with another twist, which aggravates the idea of the sado-masochistic relation between the two. Watch it to see how strange love can get.
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2. The Lunchbox (2013)
This is a love story between a young housewife and an almost 60-year old working man. They bond over letters and food sent by each other, which actually happens by mistake. It is more about the love which remains unfulfilled, yet brings happiness to their lives. The Lunchbox is as unique as a love story can get.
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
This film has a couple who undergo a therapy to erase their memories of each other from the mind. They do this after their relationship gets bitter. Despite erasing each other from one’s memory, how they again fall for each other, discover the sequence of events and in the end decide to stay together, makes for a heart-wrenching tale we can’t forget.