Take my advice, I’m not using it
(A continuation of the lists of “Good lord, have you not seen that?? you totally should”.)
Films to watch when you’re suffering a broken heart
The End of the Affair – well, obviously. A stunning film starring Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes, complete with a moral dilemma, passion, suffering, loss and a stirring soundtrack.
Brief Encounter – well, maybe if you’re a masochist. They are madly in love, after all. But really – if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s not famous for nothing.
Before Sunset (the sequel to Before Sunrise, which I am less enamoured of). Well, again – maybe if you don’t want to see two people who clearly love each other, this isn’t the time. But if you want a really true, natural depiction of love, attraction and something that shrieks “meant to be!” then this is it. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy make a walk around Paris, non-stop yakking and not a single fight-scene/bomb-blast an unexpectedly riveting 80 minutes.
Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) – utterly appropriate. Roberto Rosselini directed his then-wife Ingrid Bergman in this tale of a couple whose marriage is disintegrating on their trip to Italy – while their own marriage was on the rocks. It’s amazingly true to life, sometimes shocking, upsetting, it may hit a nerve, but at least you won’t feel as though nobody understands what you’re going through.
Closer – why not? Nothing better to shatter any remaining romantic illusions and haul you up by your breeches, slap you round the face and bellow “Snap out of it!”. Men are bastards – check. Women are weak – check. Sex can be a devastating tool to hurt people with. Crikey – good acting and a snappy script, though.
Films to avoid when suffering a broken heart
Love, actually – simply because it’s appalling. Undeniably popular and yet I loathe it – except for the devastating Emma Thompson/Alan Rickman story line. In any event, obviously not a film to watch when you’re out of love.
(There are quite a lot more films not to watch when romantically compromised, but the list would be too long and I think people will just have to use their initiative.)