Valentine’s Day arrives, and with it our most intimate feelings are revolutionized. And what better than this selection of absolute romantic classics, to see in the best company. What sometimes it means to be alone…
‘BEFORE DAWN’ (HBO-Max)
For lovers… of the Interrail.
First installment (1995) of the trilogy that completes ‘Before sunset’ (2004) and ‘Before nightfall’ (2013), which tells us about the relationship between the French Celine and the American Jesse after they meet on a train, spend a night together in Vienna and not see each other… until nine years later in Paris. Your Creator, Richard Linklater (‘Boyhood’) signs his best works (especially the first two), making us identify with Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), for recovering the characters every nine years and transmitting to us the pros and cons of the passage of time in all areas, but above all in love.
‘WHEN HARRY MET SALLY’ (Filmin)
For lovers… to hook up with friends.
The queen of the romantic comedy of the 90s was Meg Ryan, with mythical titles alongside Tom Hanks (‘Something to remember’, ‘You have an e-mail’…), but whose greatest success? (Bob Reiner, 1989) It was this ode to friendship turned into love with Billy Crystal. And that ‘hot’ scene in the cafe…
‘THE HOLIDAY’ (Netflix, Prime Video and Movistar+)
For lovers… of double partners.
Double love story directed by Nancy Meyers in 2006, between Cameron Diaz and Jude Law on the one hand, and Kate Winslet and Jack Black on the other. The plot revolves around the two protagonists, who with a broken heart exchange their homes (England and California), to open up to new experiences… and new men.
‘LOVE ACTUALLY’ (Netflix, Prime Video and Movistar+)
For lovers… to fall in love at Christmas.
Directed by Richard Curtis in 2003, it mixes several stories of love and heartbreak with a star cast: Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, the ‘zombie killer’ Andrew Lincoln, Mr. Bean, Colin Firth… Even Claudia Schiffer! It has managed to tie as ‘the Christmas movie’ with ‘How beautiful it is to live!’ (Frank Capra, 1946).
‘VACATIONS IN ROME’ (Filmin and Movistar+)
For lovers… of classic romantic comedies.
One of the most wonderful romantic movies, with an unhappy ending, in the history of cinema. Directed by William Wyler in 1953, it introduced one of the most lovable actresses on the big screen, Audrey Hepburn, in the role of a princess who decides to ‘see the real world’ for one night with another great, Gregory Peck, in the incomparable setting of Rome.