love in complicated times
May 2, 2014 1:18 PM Subscribe
What are some good movies that follow complicated (but not needlessly miserable) adult relationships in the context of larger social changes or problems?
posted by AtoBtoA to Media & Arts (36 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I just watched Miguel Gomes' Tabu and the third section of the film describes a love affair in Portguese Africa just before the colonial war. It reminded me of one of my favorite movies, Ermanno Olmi's I fidanzati, which follows a man who's left his fiance in Milan to work in Sicily as it transitions from an agricultural economy to an industrial one. And then thinking about that made me remember how much I liked Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Blissfully Yours, a romance about an illegal Burmese immigrant in Thailand and his Thai girlfriend. So apparently it's a thing I like and now I want to watch more.
I'd prefer the romance not to be too swept up in whatever larger social context is serving as the backdrop. Not really interested in revolutionaries finding love on the front-lines (so, if I'm remembering it correctly, no The Dreamers).