Another valentine's day is here. An occasion that does not require a prologue. In most parts of the world, people express and propose their love, especially on valentine's day. And they do it in multiple ways. Besides giving and receiving gifts, or going on a romantic dinner out, spending a quiet day watching the choicest movies with your loved one is one of the ways of celebrating valentine's day. There is no shortage of good valentines day movies or romantic movies. I have chosen seven popular valentines day movies released in the last couple of years.
An Inconvenient Love
Duration: 2h 2m
Director: Petersen Vargas
Cast: Donny Pangilinan, Belle Mariano, JC Alcantara, Jeffrey Quizon
Imdb Rating: 8.5
For Ayef and Manny committed love life is a burden and an unwanted distraction. While Ayef is career-oriented and wants to move to Singapore, Manny is hardly serious in life. Their interactions gradually bring them closer. They soon realize, in each other's company they are happy. However, they agree to a convenient and short-term relationship as neither of them wants to commit to love. You might be tempted to draw a parallel between ‘Friends with benefits'. Well, the contract end date is closing in on them. What will be the next step? It is one of the cutest valentines day movies you can include in your list.
The Grand Bolero
Duration: 1h 28m
Languages: Italian and English
Director: Gabriele Fabbro
Cast: Lidia Vitale, Ludovica Mancini, Brandon Koen, Filippo Prandi
Imdb rating: 8.00
The plot develops in the Coronavirus pandemic-stricken Italy during the first lockdown. Middle-aged, pipe organ professional Roxanne is compelled to train much younger and mute Lucia. An initial disdain on the part of Roxanne to train the younger student later transforms into a bond. Even as Roxanne begins to appreciate Lucia's flair for music, an underlying affection toward her student takes over her. Behind the masks and in the backdrop of rhythmic music, a bond is blossoming beyond the loneliness of the pandemic.
The Worst Person in the World
Duration: 2h 7m
Director: Joachim Trier
Cast: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum
Imdb rating: 7.8
The plot comprising a prologue and an epilogue narrates the life of Julie through the twelve chapters therein. In search of happiness and identity, she does not hesitate to change her professional orientation and the men in her love life. Each time she decides to move forward from something to another, she flaunts an appearance change too. Even when everything goes well for her, she has reasons to ditch it all and move on. Even if it is in her love life. Does she realize what she is destroying? Maybe she does. It is one of the most popular valentines day movies you cannot miss.
The Souvenir: Part II
Duration: 1h 44m
Languages: English and French
Director: Joanna Hogg
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Honor Swinton Byrne, James Spencer Ashworth
Imdb rating: 7.2
Julie is a student at a Film School. Her lover Anthony died from heroin addiction even before she hardly knew him. The rest of the movie unravels her efforts to direct a movie as part of her graduation. The storyline of her movie revolves around Anthony and her relationship. She gets to talk with his parents and his friends and those he used to share drugs with. Making the movie gives her ample opportunities to discover the person Anthony was. A romantic movie albeit one with grief bordering the plot.
Words on Bathroom Walls
Duration: 1h 47m
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Cast: Charlie Plummer, Andy Garcia, Taylor Russell
Imdb rating: 7.1
An unfortunate accident in the chemistry lab forces the expulsion of Adam during his senior year. Later, he is diagnosed with schizophrenia wrapped with visions, voices, and paranoid delusions. Even with this condition, he joins a new school to realize his culinary skills. That is where he meets Maya, the school valedictorian. She comes from a low-income family but does well to hide the fact. Now, they both have a side that they wouldn't want others to know. Amidst the paranoid sessions, a love story is also blooming between them.
20th Century Girl
Duration: 1h 57m
Director: Woo-ri Bang
Cast: Yuuki Luna, Kim Yoo-jeonghan, Hyo-joo
ImDb rating: 7.3
Despite the cliché nature, it is one of the valentines day movies you would enjoy watching. The story revolves around Bo-Ra, a 20th-century girl stepping into the 21st century. During the passage of time, a lot happens. In fact, what happens during the phase is a trite triangle love story (four angles in fact) with the usual twists. Bo-Ra and Yeon-doo have been thick friends since childhood. When Yeon-doo has to go to the US for treatment, she asks Bo-Ra to check on her lover and report to her. In the process, Bo-Ra falls for him. Towards the latter part of the movie, heartwarming dialogues, and scenes make up for the initial insanity in the plot. It is also the story of Woon-ho and Hyun-jin. Interestingly all four have their love story incomplete yet there is beauty in it.
Duration: 2h 50m
Director: Vineeth Sreenivasan
Cast: Pranav Mohanlal, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Darshana Rajendran
Imdb rating: 8.1
The plot revolves around a teenager, Arun Neelakandan, from Kerala. He joins KC Tech Engineering College, Chennai for his graduation. A love-at-first-sight scene with Darshana, another student, and their subsequent open relationship rolls the plot forward. But, later they break up due to a mistake made by Arun. He turns to alcoholism, ignores his studies, and is on the verge of losing control of his life. Joining, his classmate Selva's coaching classes becomes a turning point in his life. He finds another girl, Maya to be his lover. After his studies, he finds a job but quits it later. He becomes a photographer partnering with Jimmy. That is when he sees Nithya and another love story develops in Arun's life.
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