February is a phase when love becomes the theme of every thought and deed for many. Yet, the history of this special day doesn’t have so much romance and fancy attached to it. February 14th is the commemoration day of a few martyrs in some Christian denominations. There are several tales accounting to the origin and widespread publicity of Valentine’s Day. Putting aside the history, let us focus on spending now the best way we can. Watching romantic valentine movies could be one such way.
‘96 (2019, Tamil, 2h 08m)
A travel photographer, Ram is on a study tour with his students. At the end of the session, he travels back home driven by one of his students. On the way, they pass through his village where he grew up and stops at his old school. He contacts his childhood friends who in turn organize a get-together of the ’96 batch. The occasion brings them all together and among them is his first love, Janaki from the same class. The flashback of their school life is well intertwined even as the movie progresses. The intensity of Ram’s love for Janu hasn’t diminished a wee bit even after 22 years. And they have only a few hours to share their stories before Janu has to fly back to Singapore. Certainly one of the touching romantic valentine movies this is. The Telugu version of the movie is titled Janu.
My Missing Valentine (2020, Chinese, 1h 59m)
YangHsiao Chivisits a police station to report a complaint that she lost a day! After the opening scene, the movie flips to the childhood of Yang. She is probably quicker than others even as a child. Once grown up she stays alone and works at a postal office. Befriending dancer, Liu excites her life days before Valentine day. They plan to participate in Taipei Cities Valentine Day Chemistry Contest on Valentine’s Day. However, when she wakes up the next day, she realizes the strange truth that she missed valentine day. But how? Do not miss watching one of the unique and romantic valentine movies.
Transference: A Bipolar Love Story (2020, English & Norwegian 1h 48m)
Katarina, a Norwegian nurse, and Nik, a fellow immigrant nurse from Italy work in palliative care in the UK. The newly joined Katarina is attracted to much older looking Nik. They soon are attached to each other despite Nik’s cautioning against it. Nik seems to be mysterious with a hidden past. He soon likes Katarina very much but she moves away from him at one point. Missing her triggers a disorder in Nik for which he had had medication a long time back. Katarina has her issues to sort too. An intense movie despite the fact that there isn’t a flurry of dialogues. Even some silent moments between Katarina and Nik are so romantic and expressive.
Sufiyum Sujatayum (2020, Malayalam, 2h)
A revitalizing yet poignant love story of Sujata, a mute girl from a Hindu family and a Sufi scholar. The story unfolds with the news of Sufi’s demise being told to Sujata. She is married to an NRI and is in Dubai. Rajeev her husband knowing how she was attached to Sufi, decides to take her to the village back in Kerala to attend the funeral. The story scrolls back to the unexpected meeting of Sufi and Sujata. Sufi is returning to the village to meet his teacher. They happen to meet repeatedly until they become lovers. Meanwhile, Sujata’s marriage is fixed by her family. Fate doesn’t allow them to be together, but that doesn’t diminish their love for each other. The village in the movie situated in Kerala-Karnataka border so enchantingly embellishes the plot. It was the first Malayalam movie released on OTT platform.
Never not love you (2018, Filipino, 1h 46m)
Gio and Joanne fall in love with each other rather quickly. Gio is an artist and Joanne is working in a company. They begin to live together. Expressions. Simple dialogues. Background score. And this movie just carries you soothingly forward. Situations change when Gio’s father stops supporting him financially. He is offered a job in London and to be together, Joanne resigns from her company. They shift to London and both of them find jobs. Even in London, their issues don’t seem to fade. Discomforts and dissatisfaction soon trigger a fight between them. At one point they realize, Joanne cannot be happy in London and she flies back. With the ups and downs of their life well reflected, it is one of the best valentine movies to watch.
One-way to tomorrow (2020, Turkish, 1h 30m)
A cliché accidental meeting of Ali and Leyla on a train takes the movie forward. Curious Ali tries to engage in a conversation that Leyla doesn’t want. However, gradually the dialogues become pleasant and interesting. Both of them are travelling from Ankara to Izmir to attend a marriage. Most of the movie is happening inside the train except for a couple of halts. And the whole movie is panning out through their conversation in which their past stories are revealed. A lot is expressed and shared through the nine-hour journey in train. End of the train journey isn’t the end of their journey together.
My tomorrow, your yesterday (2016, Japanese, 1h 51m)
It is one of the beautiful surreal romantic valentine movies to watch. A metaphysical element added to the story makes it a bit different script. Romantic journey of Takatoshi, an art student stars in a February month while travelling in a train. At first sight, he instinctively loves Emi and expresses the same to her rather clumsily. They meet again and again and become close to each other. Emi occasionally foretells what would happen with Takatoshi, cries abruptly and is a peculiar girl. She keeps a journal to note the happenings in her life which Takatoshi happens to read one day. He soon learns from Emi that she is no ordinary girl and their being together will not last long. The story has an interesting conclusion.
You can watch the movies with your loved ones for a calm and quiet Valentines Day. Do share your views if you did.
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