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Was just writing Marjan, who'd asked about good movies, then clarified that she likes romances. I could only really come up with one romance off the top of my head, which is a Swedish film. It was very effective for me at the time I saw it. Far more effective than any of the dozens of other romances I've seen... heck, if I can't even remember them they can't have been that good.
Hmm, thinking about it now, I realise there's all sorts of Tom Hanks movies that I guess were romances (Splash, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail)... but they don't leap to mind when I think good romance movie.
Strangely, Groundhog Day feels like something I could recomend as a good romance. Might just be because the first time I saw it was with <elided> (I actually had to leave half-way through the movie, so it was actually during this movie that I asked her to write me).
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x on 08/24/2005 3:30 p.m. #
I'm not sure how "romance movie" is actually defined. This just comes to mind because I was recently describing it to a relative... but I recall it as being not a bad film, and is sort of romancy, i suppose: <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108101/">Shadowlands</a>. It is a movie based on a play of the same name; and subsequently rendered into a "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0452267323/104-7452349-9727101?v=glance">novel</a>" of the same name. It's actually a slightly fictionalised dramatization of a certain small segment of C.S. Lewis's life. In particular his bizarre (considering the time and circumstances), and tragically brief, relationship with a woman named Joy. (Which is another bizarre coincidence, as I was describing to this person recently, because in fact Lewis had entitled his autobiography he'd written years and years before any of this happened, with mind boggling foreshadowing: "Surprised by Joy".)<br />
Slightly surrealistically Lewis is played by Anthony Hopkins (!!?!!). And Joy in the movie somehow looks rather a lot younger and smoother of skin than the real-life one (though she was a lot younger than Lewis, still). But these actors do not a bad job of portrayal none-the-less, it seemed to me. <br />
Fairly dramatic story. Well written dramatization. Being originally a play, its heavy on dialog, and and the author tries to give it some literary value... interpreting some events to suit his artistic needs, etc. <br />
Of course nothing compares to Lewis's own brutally raw reflections on this relationship in "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0060652381/qid=1124915253/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-7452349-9727101?v=glance&s=books">A Grief Observed</a>"...