5 films about love and loss, from 5 different countries

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5 FILMS ABOUT LOVE AND LOSS, FROM 5 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES



Beginners (USA, 2010)

“A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.“

Oliver reflects on his relationship with his dead dad, simultaneously he falls in love with a troubled actress. The film is a slow and touching reflection on different kinds of love, loss and the passage of time. It's a great Post-Break Up film that allows you to feel the pain of loss, but also look ahead. And the message in the end is a truly heart-warming one.


Gegen die Wand (Germany, 2004)

“With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love.”

Described as “Romeo and Juliet on speed”, this film jumps between explicit violence, romantic love and slapstick comedy, all in a heartbeat. It’s exciting, hilarious and heart-breaking. It gets you close to the highs and the lows of a relationship, and leaves you with some thoughts you might appreciate, given your situation.


In the Mood for Love (Hong Kong, 2000)

“Two neighbours, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.”

A slow, hypnotic, beautiful film, more a mood than a story. The mood of longing, passion and loneliness. This film is a state you get into, a sad yet nice place to be, post-Break Up.


Laurence Anyways (Canada, 2012)

“A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual's relationship with her lover.”

Laurence and Fred’s relationships gets put to the ultimate test, as Laurence decides to start his life as a woman, and Fred comes along for the ride. Another film about great love, that just isn’t enough. It will take you on a ride and leave you thinking "Yup, that's how it is".


Reprise (Norway, 2004)

“Two competitive friends, fuelled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.”

“Reprise” is a film about two young men trying to control their environment and re-write their past. It’s both funny and sad, a truly gripping "coming-of-age" tale about relationships drifting. Like any other Joachim Trier film, there's a lot of layers to address, but Anders and Kari's relationship hits you immediately, and watching them struggle hurts really good.

Created: Apr 29, 2017

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