Romance

Le repos du guerrier / Love on a Pillow (1962) Roger Vadim, Brigitte Bardot, Robert Hossein, Jean-Marc Bory, Romance, Drama

Le repos du guerrier (Roger Vadim, 1962)
When the Parisian bourgeois Geneviève Le Theil travels to Dijon to resolve outstanding subjects in the inheritance left by her wealthy aunt, she mistakenly opens the door of another room in the hotel, finding a suicidal near death on the bed. Later Geneviève goes to the hospital and is introduced to Renaud Sarti, the nihilistic alcoholic vagrant she saved. Geneviève falls in love for Renaud and brings him to her apartment in Paris, initiating a destructive, masochistic and corrupt relationship with the abusive man.
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Remember the Night (1940) Mitchell Leisen, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Remember the Night (Mitchell Leisen, 1940)
Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He postpones the trial because it is hard to get a conviction at Christmas time. But he feels sorry for her and arranges for her bail, and ends up taking her home to his mother for Christmas. Surrounded by a loving family (in stark contrast to Lee’s own family background) they fall in love. This creates a new problem: how do they handle the upcoming trial?
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Mùi du du xanh / The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) Tran Anh Hung, Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Man San Lu, Thi Loc Truong, Drama, Music, Romance

Mui du du xanh (Tran Anh Hung, 1993)
A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui’s age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years later Mui (now a young woman) was sent to another family, a young pianist and his wife. The musician falls in love with the peasant, he taught her literacy and they eventually married. A movie about a girl’s life.
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Four Daughters (1938) Michael Curtiz, Claude Rains, John Garfield, Jeffrey Lynn, Drama, Music, Romance

Four Daughters (1938)
Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, has passed on his love of music to his four early adult daughters – Thea, Emma, Kay and Ann – who live with him and his sister, the girls’ Aunt Etta, in the long time family home. Of the four, Kay has the greatest promise as a musical performer, specifically as a singer. Theirs is a loving family, however much the girls exasperate their father with their love of popular music, since he loves only the classics, most specifically Beethoven. The girls support each other however they can, but each is an individual with her own distinct personality and wants, including the type of man each wants as a husband. Practical but deep in her heart romantic Emma has long been courted by their next door neighbor, unassuming florist Ernest Talbot, and clever Thea wants to be Mrs. Ben Crowley, he a wealthy up and coming banker with prospects. Only the youngest, the fun loving Ann, states that she doesn’t want to get married.
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Same Time, Next Year (1978) Robert Mulligan, Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn, Ivan Bonar, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Same Time, Next Year (Robert Mulligan, 1978)
A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year. Originally a stage play, the two are seen changing, years apart, always in the same room in different scenes. Each of them always appears on schedule, but as time goes on each has some personal crisis that the other helps them through, often without both of them understanding what is going on.
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Quelques jours avec moi / A Few Days with Me (1988) Claude Sautet, Daniel Auteuil, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Drama, Comedy, Romance

Quelques jours avec moi (Claude Sautet, 1988)
Martial’s mother owns a chain of supermarkets. He had spent some years in a mental hospital because of pervasive indolence. Hoping that an active task may improve his condition, he is sent to inspect one of the supermarkets. The manager had taken a large loan of money belonging to the firm. When exposed he expects to lose his job. Instead friendship develops between him and Martial who remitted the debt. A sexual relation begins between Francine and Martial, without jealousy from her boyfriend Fernand. Suddenly Martial disappears. He was called to his mother’s sickbed. Francine took a job as a waitress. It is not clear if she understood that the owner of the bar would force her to do sexual services for some customers. To save Francine Fernand kills the owner. The only witness is Martial who says ‘Run! Do you want to spend ten years in prison!’ If he takes the murder on him, he will just return to the luxury hospital he recently came from.
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Melinda and Melinda (2004) Woody Allen, Will Ferrell, Vinessa Shaw, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Melinda and Melinda (Woody Allen, 2004)
Over a meal in a French restaurant, Sy poses a conundrum to his fellow diners: Is the essence of life comic or tragic? For the sake of argument, he tells a story, which the others then embellish to illustrate their takes on life. The story starts as follows: A young Manhattan couple, Park Avenue princess Laurel and tippling actor Lee, throw a dinner party to impress Lee’s would-be producer when their long-lost friend Melinda appears at their front door, bedraggled and woebegone. In the tragic version of what happens next, the beautiful intruder is a disturbed woman who got bored with her Midwestern doctor-husband and dumped him for a photographer. Her husband took the children away and she spiraled into a suicidal depression that landed her straight-jacketed in a mental ward. In the comic version, Melinda is childless and a downstairs neighbor to the dinner hosts, who are ambitious Indy filmmaker Susan and under-employed actor Hobie.
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Under solen / Under the Sun (1998) Colin Nutley, Rolf Lassgård, Helena Bergström, Johan Widerberg, Drama, Romance

Under solen (1998)
Olof lives alone on his family’s farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik, who helps him in the afternoons. Once a sailor, Erik brags of having known hundreds of women. Out of the blue, Olof advertises in the local paper for a young lady housekeeper, and Ellen, a middle-class city woman, arrives to take over the house and, as the summer goes on, Olof’s heart and Erik’s desire as well.
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Ladies They Talk About (1933) Howard Bretherton, William Keighley, Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Crime, Drama, Romance

Ladies They Talk About (1933)
Gun moll Nan Taylor, caught after an otherwise successful bank robbery, falls for radio crusader David Slade and confides her guilt to him. Much to her surprise, he turns her in. As a “new fish” at San Quentin, Nan fits right in, but won’t see Slade, who still loves her. Then she learns that her former partners in crime, Don and Dutch, are on the other side of the wall in the men’s section…and have an escape plan.
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The Strawberry Statement (1970) Stuart Hagmann, Bruce Davison, Kim Darby, Bud Cort, Drama, Romance

The Strawberry Statement (1970)
Simon is a student at a college in San Francisco. He is content to be on the rowing team and remain as just a casual observer to the on-campus unrest, demonstrations and protests. However, curiosity gets the best of him and he begins exploring the inner sanctum of the students who have invaded the dean’s office. He soon meets Linda and becomes a loyal member of the student revolution to meet girls. However, when he truly discovers the corruption and the madness that his comrades are protesting, his mindset also joins the movement. He becomes a revolutionary leader and prepares his comrades for a very violent climactic showdown with “the pigs” at a sit-in.
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Furia (1999) Alexandre Aja, Stanislas Merhar, Marion Cotillard, Wadeck Stanczak, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Furia (1999)
In a desert town, sometime in the future, a repressive government regime restricts all forms of artistic expression. At night, Theo breaks the law, risking torture and death, to paint his work on public spaces. But when his lover Elia is arrested for committing the same crime, Theo allows himself to be captured hoping to somehow be reunited with her.
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