“Romance” is one of the most popular genre of movies. And yet, when you think about it, “romance” and “action” are possibly two of the most escapist genres in films. For some reason, audiences don’t like seeing too much realism in romance. I guess, realism in romance makes them aware of their own not-so-perfect romantic life. So, they like romantic movies that are fluffy, comedic, escapist, and .. yes, unrealistic. Rarely, a film comes along that shows romance in its trues form: messy, imperfect and complicated. Today, we are listing down 10 such films that treat romance as they should be treated: with nuance and sensitivity.
Warning: Don’t expect happy endings in the below films.
10. Once (2007)
Set in Dublin, ‘Once’ tells us about a repairman, who has been waiting for his break in music industry, and a female immigrant, who earns by selling flowers, collaborating together to live their dreams of making it big in music and how they slowly fall in love with each other. The film does not even name its characters, still gives us a piece which is too magical — and painful — to be forgotten. Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová are superb as the lead pair and John Carney makes a film that’s both realistic and sweet.