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By
Anthony Morris

9 Feb 2018 - 10:26 AM  UPDATED 9 Feb 2018 - 10:26 AM

The Room

MA 15+
United States of America, 2003
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Tommy Wiseau
Starring: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman, Carolyn Minnott, Robyn Paris, Scott Holmes, Dan Janjigian, Kyle Vogt, Greg Ellery
What’s it about: At the heart of this “so bad it’s hilarious” cult classic is the story of a man betrayed by the one he loves. As he’s played by the writer-director Tommy Wiseau, he was also betrayed by his film-making skills, his grasp on plausible human behaviour, and his accent. But it’s clear that a deep pain over being betrayed by a woman lies at the heart of this film – and if love can cause something this bad, how can it possibly be good?

The one scene that perfectly captures the baffling beauty of 'The Room'
A viewer's guide to 'The Room'

Jane Got a Gun

MA 15+
United States of America, 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Language: English
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor
What’s it about: A bad break up is bad: having to then ask your ex for help is worse. Especially when you’re in the wild west and a roving band of outlaws have just gunned your husband down, and the only chance you have to fend them off is to call on the man who’s heart you broke.

Natalie Portman got that western she wanted, in 'Jane Got A Gun'

Heartbeats

M
Canada, 2000
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Xavier Dolan, Niels Schneider, Monia Chokri, Anne Dorval
What's it about?
What happens when you and your best friend both fall for the same guy? Short answer: nothing good. The endless cycle of examining your potential lover’s every action for signs of his intentions – is he paying attention to her to make me jealous, or does he really like her? – is made even worse when you can feel it driving a wedge between you and the person you’re closest to in the world.

Heartbeats Review

Meek's Cutoff

PG
USA, 2010
Genre: Western
Language: English
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Starring: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood,Rod Rondeaux, Zoe Kazan, Neal Huff, Will Patton, Shirley Henderson, Paul Dano
What’s it about: This tale of a wagon train lost in the wilderness of the wild west might not seem like it has much to do with love and relationships. Look closer: whenever it’s decision time the men go off to make the choices, leaving the women hemmed in like their view of the world is by the bonnets they wear. As the increasingly desperate party is forced to choose between a guide who’s gotten them lost, and a Native American who has no reason at all to guide them to safety, this becomes a savage look at the dark side of “traditional” relationships, where everything a woman has – even her life – is at the mercy of decisions made on her behalf.

Meek's Cutoff Review

Galore

MA 15+
Australia, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Rhys Graham
Starring: Natasha Novak, Daniel Webber, Oscar Redding, Maya Stange, Lily Sullivan, Ashleigh Cummings, Toby Wallace
What’s it about: Plenty of films sell the story of that one, pure teen romance that will change your life forever; Galore tells the far more realistic tale of a bunch of teens whose lives are all tangled up in each others’ in a way that doesn’t do anybody any good. Sure, the parties might be fun, but with this many bad connections someone’s bound to get hurt – and that’s before a bushfire starts bearing down on the town.

Tainted love comes to Canberra in Galore (interview)

Brooklyn

M
Ireland, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Emily Bett Rickards, Nora-Jane Noone
What’s it about: Escaping a dead-end life in a small Irish town for the wilds of Brooklyn, Ellis Lace (Saoirse Ronan) soon finds herself falling for a sweet Italian-American man. But when she’s forced to return back to Ireland she finds herself attracted to a local man who offers her another, very different path away from her old life. Having to choose between two great guys sounds like the right kind of problem to have; this makes it clear it’s more likely to tear your heart out

Watch: Saoirse Ronan gets stuck in a love triangle in the 'Brooklyn' trailer

Take This Waltz

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sarah Polley
Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby
What’s it about: Twenty-eight year old Margot (Michelle Williams) is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen) – until she finds herself attracted to Daniel (Luke Kirby). On the one hand, her relationship with Lou has settled into a cosy rut that confines and limits her, preventing her from finding out who she’s become as a woman; on the other hand, Daniel is a hipster rickshaw driver in Toronto. When love serves up a choice like that, clearly you’re better off without it.

Take This Waltz Review

Madame Bovary

M, 2013Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sophie Barthes
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Paul Giamatti, Ezra Miller
What’s it about: It’s a classic story: a woman marries young to escape her family, only to find herself in another, just as boring, trap. She soon realises that her official relationship is going nowhere: time to take a lover and start racking up some massive debt buying fancy stuff. In bringing Flaubert’s classic novel to life, this underlines the harsh reality that when you’re trapped in a loveless relationship, buying a bunch of nice dresses really isn’t the solution.

 

 

 

 

Amour

M
France, Germany, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Rita Blanco, William Shimell
What’s it about: And after all that, where does love get you in the end? If this Palme d’Or winner is any guide, you end up caring for your partner after they suffer a stroke, watching the person you shared your life with slowly crumbling away. It’s a future filled with heartbreak and heart-breaking decisions: no wonder all the smart people are staying single.

Amour review: Leave it to the master to tackle dying with dignity

 

 

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