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It’s the time of the season for loving, so The Frida is dedicating February to movies about love and romance! Featuring everything from classic black comedies to modern romantic dramas, the 11 movies here cross continents, decades, and cinema itself but are all bound together by a sense of affection (or at least amorousness) for others. All make for a perfect date, so let that special someone know where you’d like to spend your Valentine’s Month and we’ll see you here!
Notting Hill – Feb 9 – 11
Directed by Roger Michell | 1999
William Thacker (Hugh Grant) is a London bookstore owner whose humdrum existence is thrown into romantic turmoil when famous American actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) appears in his shop. A chance encounter over spilled orange juice leads to a kiss that blossoms into a full-blown affair. As the average bloke and glamorous movie star draw closer and closer together, they struggle to reconcile their radically different lifestyles in the name of love.
In the Mood for Love – Feb 12, 13 – 18
Directed by Won Kar-wai | 2000
Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, the movie is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments.
Amelie – Feb 14 – 17
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet | 2001
At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find the courage to become the star of her very own love story?
Harold and Maude – Feb 14 – 16
Directed by Hal Ashby | 1971
Hal Ashby’s 1971 classic stars Bud Cort as Harold, a morose teenager obsessed with death and faking suicide. His macabre activities are interrupted when he meets Maude, an elderly woman who is full of life. As the two get to know each other, they become partners in what has to be one of cinema’s most unlikely romances.
10 Things I Hate About You – Feb 16 – 19
Directed by Gil Junger | 1999
On the first day at his new school, Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) instantly falls for Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), the gorgeous girl of his dreams. The only problem is that Bianca is forbidden to date until her ill-tempered, completely undateable older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) goes out, too. In an attempt to solve his problem, Cameron singles out the only guy who could possibly be a match for Kat: Patrick Verona — a mysterious bad boy (Heath Ledger) with a nasty reputation of his own.
Brief Encounter – Feb 18 – 22
Directed by David Lean | 1945
Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard). Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more emotionally fulfilling than either expected, and they must wrestle with the potential havoc their deepening relationship would have on their lives and the lives of those they love.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Feb 19 – 20 & 23 – 25
Directed by Michel Gondry | 2004
Joel Barish (Jim Carrey), heartbroken that his girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet) underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.
Movies n’ Books Club presents: Atonement – Feb 22
Directed by Joe Wright | 2007
This sweeping English drama, based on the book by Ian McEwan, follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy). When the couple are torn apart by a lie constructed by Cecilia’s jealous younger sister, Briony (Saoirse Ronan), all three of them must deal with the consequences. Robbie is the hardest hit, since Briony’s deception results in his imprisonment, but hope for Cecilia and her beau increases when their paths cross during World War II.
True Romance + Natural Born Killers Double Feature – Feb 25 – 26
Directed by Tony Scott & Oliver Stone | 1993 & 1994
True Romance: A comic-book nerd and Elvis fanatic Clarence (Christian Slater) and a prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette) fall in love. Clarence breaks the news to her pimp and ends up killing him. He grabs a suitcase of cocaine on his way out thinking it is Alabama’s clothing. The two hit the road for California hoping to sell the cocaine, but the mob is soon after them.
Natural Born Killers: Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis are two young, attractive serial killers who become tabloid-TV darlings, thanks to a sensationalistic press led by Robert Downey Jr. The press reports the pair as they go on a 52 people killing spree. A controversial look at the way the media portrays criminals.
Cold War – Feb 28 & 29
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski | 2018
A man (Tomasz Kot) and a woman (Joanna Kulig) meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet drawn to each other.