“The Shape of Water” was the big winner at the Oscars last night. Well-deserved I think, because it’s brilliant. The movie contains some unconventional romance, because lets face it, it’s a human female with a male amphibian man. But when you love him, you love him, right? That made me think of this theme, a list of unconventional romance films. Whether it’s an unconventional couple, story, storytelling, theme. Here are five films I think are not as well-known or deserve more attention. And I think you should definitely give them a shot.
A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer. Their employer-employee relationship turns sexual, of the sadomasochistic kind. While reading the synopsis, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. It’s super strange, but somehow in a good way.
A novelist is struggling with writer’s block and he finds love in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her to existence. A great idea, very well executed. And mostly thanks to Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, who have great chemistry and perform solidly.
Lars is the shiest, most awkward guy you’ll ever meet. Social integrations are almost painful for him. He doesn’t even spend time with his own family. Finally, he talks about bringing home a girl he loves, who turns out to be a life-size doll. And no, this isn’t about sex but something deeper and much more sensitive. And the way the people around him each respond, is sometimes surprising and heartwarming.
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to find them. Ambitious, but it delivers. Wes Anderson directs and his style is really fascinating, every time. “Moonrise Kingdom” leaves you smiling and dreamy.
An inside ride with Scott Pilgrim, a guy trying to win a girl’s heart he fell in love with at first sight. The problem: he finds out that he has to battle the girl’s 7 madly possessice ex-boyfriends before he can even think of being with her. Comic book style, Edgar Wright directing.