Romance

Yoshimitsu Morita – Shitsurakuen AKA Lost Paradise (1997)

The tragic tale of two lovers whose passion burns so intensely it destroys them. Based on the bestselling novel by Junichi Watanabe, is about the fated love affair between Shoichiro, a middle-aged man who has come to regret devoting his whole life to his work, and Rinko, a beautiful woman trapped in a married life filled with depression and disillusion. A man engaged to Soichiro’s daughter, Chika, has fallen in love with Rinko, and Soichiro meets with her to ask her to end the relationship. However, despite their unpleasant first meeting, soon Shoichiro and Rinko find themselves drawn to each other, and find in each other something that had been missing in their lives. Their burning passion heightens, until their yearning for everlasting, perfect love leads to a fateful decision. Read More »

Kenjirô Morinaga – Shiosai AKA The Sound of Waves (1964)

Lonely youth Shinji meets Hatsue, a pretty pearl diver, on the beach and the two fall in love. But Shinji has a rival for Hatsue’s affections, Yasuo. Yasuo spreads unpleasant gossip about his rival, and Hatsue’s father forbids her to see Shinji. But when the boy saves the passengers on a boat owned by Hatsue’s father, his luck in love begins to change. Read More »

Bruno Barreto – Bossa Nova (2000)

Rio lawyer Pedro Paulo is recently separated from his travel agent wife Tania. His office has taken on an energetic new intern, Sharon. Pedro Paulo is working on a divorce case – his own father’s… Mary Ann is an English language teacher living in Rio. Her friend Nadine has been having an Internet romance with Gary, a SoHo artist. Nadine decides to visit Gary in New York; she books her flight through Tania… Soccer star Acacio is going to play for a team in England. He has been taking private lessons with Mary Ann. Is he reading too much into the word “private”? Pedro Paulo catches a glimpse of Mary Ann and decides he should study English again… Acacio needs some legal help with his new contract. He goes to Pedro Paulo’s office, but the only one in is Sharon. Read More »

Dimitris Panayiotatos – I nyhta me ti Silena AKA The Night with Silena (1986)

Christos is secretly in love with a girl who lives in the opposite appartment. He follows her night and day even though they’ve never met. One night, he sees her at a party making love with a young man. The scene, the images, are carved in his memory. A few years later, Christos meets outside of a bar a mysterious woman, called Silena. Her resemblance to the girl of his youth is astonishing. Christos invites Silena to his house to spend one night with her. One night that will change his life forever. Read More »

Mark Rappaport – The Scenic Route (1978)

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Spining tale of a woman, her sister, and the man who completes the triangle. Told through such fertile sources as grand opera, classical painting, and Victorian melodrama. Read More »

Ken Russell – Lady Chatterley (1993)

Lady Chatterley is a 1993 BBC television serial starring Sean Bean and Joely Richardson. It is an adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, first broadcast on BBC1 in four 55-minute episodes between 6 and 27 June 1993. A young woman’s husband returns wounded after the First World War. Facing a life with a husband now incapable of sexual activity she begins an affair with the groundskeeper. The film reflect’s Lawrence’s focus not only on casting away sexual taboos but also the examination of the class system prevalent in early 20th century Britain. Read More »

Lütfi Akad – Tahir ile Zühre (1952)

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The film narrates the struggle of Tahir and Zühre, two lovers trying to reunite. Zühre is a princess while Tahir is the son of a vizier. Growing up together in the palace, the two are deeply in love with each other. However, Bekir, one of the heirs to the dynasty, opposes their marriage. Bekir spreads rumors about Tahir in order to prevent their marriage. So, Tahir falls out of favor with the Sultan due to the rumors about him. Tahir and Zühre will have to make sacrifices to be together. (Yiğitalp Ertem) Read More »