Love can happen anytime, anywhere. But often people fall in love with a familiar person from a common background: best friends, classmates, co-workers… And there’s nothing wrong with that.
But for the listener, especially if she hasn’t found love yet, stories
about falling for a stranger, at an unlikely time and place, sound more enticing. It’s also exciting when two people feel an intense connection and fall for each other over a short period of time.
So below are three lovely movies where love happens between strangers in the course of one day. Enjoy!
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Architect Melanie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and writer Jack (George Clooney) have little in common other than being single parents with one kid. But when the kids miss their class boat trip, and both adults need emergency babysitters, they are there for each other.
At first differences in personality and attitudes cause friction, but as they get to know one another, the friction turns into attraction. Maybe the day will bring more than they bargained for, in the best way possible…
One Fine Day is one of those harmless (as in PG-rated), sweet and heart-warming flicks you can watch with your entire family, grandparents and kids included. It’s also quite nostalgic, shot in 1996 – at a time when Pfeiffer was more famous than Clooney. Remember those days?
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Cute American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) is quickly smitten by the pretty and intelligent French Celine (Julie Delpy) when they meet on a train and talk for hours. The attraction is mutual, and not wanting to say goodbye so soon, Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train with him in Vienna. He jokes that she can easily get on the next train if he turns out to be a pervert.
Celine eventually agrees, and together, they walk around Vienna, talk about pretty much anything and see remarkable sights. As day turns into night, their connection transforms into something more. When the time to separate arrives, will they do the sensible thing and leave it as one magical, temporary experience, or will they hold on to the strength of their feelings?
Before Sunrise (1995) is a unique film in the sense that it’s an R-rated (because of the language) romantic film that is loved equally by both movie-goers and critics, men and women: it’s a rating of 8.1 on IMDB, voted by over 130,000 users; it’s on the list of top 250 movies of the site, and it has two sequels: Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013).
Not to be mistaken with the horror/thriller of the same name from (2009), Forget Me Not is a romantic drama set in London. In the spirit of Before Sunrise, the city is the third main character, adding to the film’s spirit and depth.
However Forget Me Not is the most emotional, and arguably the more realistic film of the list as the protagonists have more to deal with:
Will (Tobias Menzies) is a musician who sometimes plays at the bar Eve (Genevieve O’Reilly) works. He’s suicidal, though the state of his apartment gives us hints that he might have a good reason for not wanting to hang around anymore.
But before he can go through with it, Eve is attacked by a drunk customer, and Will rushes to save her. He accompanies her to the engagement party she’s expected at, and with a gorgeous London night in the background, they talk and laugh. They are fond of each other, though Will can’t let himself fully enjoy the “now.” One thing leads to another, and they keep spending time together, but something is always holding Will back. Will he be able to tell Eve what’s wrong with him? And will their bond be enough to make him want to hang on?
Sure, it has its depressing moments. But once you learn Will’s secret, you can’t help but feel for him. It’s strongly recommended for romantics who want a modern love story that isn’t sugar-coated.
BIO: Pinar Tarhan is a freelance writer and blogger addicted to movies, dancing, rock music and traveling. She also runs the blogAddicted to Writing where she helps fellow writers form (and manage) the writing career of their dreams.