The film "That still couple" was released - another rendition of the classic story about lovers from different worlds with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen in the lead roles. Let's talk in more detail about him and seven more tapes with heroes who found their happiness despite all the differences.
TEXT: Dina Klyucharyova, author of the telegram channel One Oscar For Leo
That couple more
Long Shot, 2019
Producer: Jonathan Levin
Childhood friends - eccentric journalist Fred (Seth Rogen) and influential businesswoman Charlotte (Charlize Theron) - suddenly clash at a party for the first time in years. In his distant youth, she was his babysitter, and he was in love with her. After talking, they understand that they can be useful to each other: he needs a job, and she, a potential presidential candidate, needs an unconventional speechwriter to speak to a large audience. Immediate Fred falls from his free bread into the world of ties and rigid regulations and is not liked by all of his new colleagues, and Charlotte, yearning to be herself, if possible, without regard to the rules, is imbued with his spirit of freedom.
It is interesting that the fates of the heroes Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen in some way echo their real path in the world of cinema. The Oscar-winning Theron's career is dominated by serious films like Monster, Burning Plain, or The North Country, while Rogen's track record is largely of mid-range comedies - and yet their on-screen duet in Toy a couple more”looks organic and cute.
Bright Star, 2009
Producer: Jane Campion
Full of color and air, Jane Campion's delicate costume drama (Piano, Top of the Lake) about the 19th century English poet John Keats and his love for Fanny Bron. She is from a good, well-to-do family, he is a poor poet without a home and a penny, with only poetry to his heart. Despite the difference in social status, an affectionate relationship is struck between them when John is visiting a friend who lives with the Brones next door. However, they are not destined for many years together: Keats is very sick and fading away from consumption.
Alas, the real story was not so melodramatic: the press tirelessly mocked Keats's romantic poetry, which brought him considerable mental suffering. And the engagement with Bron did not end with the wedding - not so much because of illness, but because of his poor financial situation and low status in society. John Keats died when he was only twenty-five years old. "Bright Star" is one of those films that is desirable to watch in the original - to hear the original sound of Keats' sensual poems, which are abundant in the film.
The Graduate, 1967
Producer: Mike Nichols
The legendary film, thanks to which in the English language appeared the stable expression "Mrs. Robinson", meaning older mistresses. Filmed in the midst of the Sexual Revolution, the drama follows a green student's romance with two women from the same family. Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) returns home triumphantly after graduation. The pride of the family cuts across their native Los Angeles in a brand new "Alfa Romeo" and makes endless visits to family and friends. On one of these evenings, he is introduced to Mrs. Robinson, a middle-aged woman and a friend of his parents, who immediately lays her eyes on the young handsome man and eventually seduces him. The weak-willed Benjamin experiences a kind of Stockholm syndrome for his seductress, until he meets her adorable young daughter and falls in love with her himself - and here the story turns from a teenage drama into thriller territory.
The role of Benjamin was one of the first in Dustin Hoffman's career, so during the audition he behaved very indecisively - which became a decisive factor in his favor: director Mike Nichols needed just such a restless hero.
You are my doubt
Always Be My Maybe, 2019
Producer: Nahnatka Khan
Debut film role for stand-up star Ali Wong (if you haven't watched her show "Hard Knock Wife" about the difficult life of a wife, mother and Korean daughter, it should be fixed). Wong plays the successful restaurateur Sasha Tran, who, after a long break, returns to her hometown to open another establishment in her chain of restaurants there. Unexpectedly for herself, she encounters Marcus - a childhood friend whom all relatives and acquaintances predicted to be her fiancé and against whom she still holds some semblance of a childish resentment. And in the life of Marcus (Randall Park) since puberty, it seems that not much has changed: he still plays in a rock band and works as a laborer in his father's company. Communicating with each other, they both learn lessons: next to the sincere and simple Marcus, Sasha realizes that she should reconsider her relationship with the hypocritical groom, and Markus is given a reason to raise his own bar of ambitions.
Despite the fact that Ali Wong spends almost the entire film with his signature resting bitch face, the film has another distinguishing mark of quality: it was shot by Lena's friend Dunham Nakhnatchka Khan, who has worked on the hilarious TV series Don't Believe With *** from apartment 23 ".
From 5 to 7. Time for lovers
5 to 7, 2014
Producer: Victor Levin
The up-and-coming young writer Brian (Anton Yelchin) is looking for inspiration on the streets of New York and one day he meets the beautiful Frenchwoman Arielle (Berenice Marlo). Fascinated, he promises her that he will come to the same place tomorrow at the same hour, and she, to his surprise, easily agrees to the next meeting. They spend two hours together every day, from five to seven in the evening, because this is the time for meeting lovers, accepted in the Ariel family, who lives with a rich husband in an open marriage. When Brian realizes that two hours a day with his beloved is not enough for him, he offers her a hand, a heart and adopt her children, and Ariel is faced with a difficult choice: to surrender to passion or keep a stable lifestyle of his respectable family for the happiness of children.
The warmth of our bodies
Warm Bodies, 2013
Producer: Jonathan Levin
A few years before "The Two More" director Jonathan Levin managed to test a similar plot (albeit in a post-apocalyptic setting) on the film "The Warmth of Our Bodies." At the heart of the picture is the book of the same name by Isaac Marion, written based on the immortal story of Romeo and Juliet (it is to her that the names of the main characters - R and Julie refer). The population of the Earth is mowing down an unknown virus that turns the dead into zombies who do not remember their past and roam the streets in search of delicious fresh human flesh. But not all: the zombie, who was "once called by R" (Nicholas Hoult), is surprisingly adequate - he lives on an airplane, listens to music on records, admires old photographs and sympathizes with the living, although he is forced to eat them so as not to finally decompose. Once a girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer) is captured by him, and R, imbued with tender feelings for her, hides her from the ever-hungry fellow tribesmen. Something more grows out of their mutual sympathy, and it turns out that love can save the world even from a zombie apocalypse.
Babysitter on call
The Rebound, 2009
Producer: Bart Freundlich
A pleasant, but not sugary melodrama by Bart Freundlich about how the age of love is not a hindrance - what the director, married to actress Julianne Moore, knows firsthand: his wife is almost ten years older than him.
Forty-year-old Sandy (Catherine Zeta-Jones) moves with her children to a new apartment when she discovers her husband's infidelity. After such a betrayal, she is overcome by complexes and harsh reality: in order to provide for herself and her children, Sandy needs to go to work after several years exclusively in the role of a housewife and mother. One floor below her apartment is a coffee shop, where 25-year-old Aram (Justin Bartha from The Good Struggle) works, who is going through a painful divorce and moral pressure from his mother, persuading him to find a “normal” job.Sandy persuades Aram to look after her children while she goes on business, and he easily finds a common language with them. Sandy is also imbued with sympathy for him, and despite the age difference, they find a long-awaited outlet in each other (this is how the original title of the film “The Rebound” is translated), which, however, does not turn into a banal happy ending.
On the last breath
À bout de souffle, 1960
Producer: Jean-Luc Godard
The classic of the "new wave" and the first full-length film by Jean-Luc Godard, written by François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol, with the young Jean-Paul Belmondo in the title role. The cynical arrogant Poicard lives one day, earns money by stealing expensive cars, easily throws words of love and does not stay anywhere for long. After the murder of a policeman and the appearance of his portrait in the newspapers, Poicard decides to flee to Italy to start everything there from scratch and immediately invites his new friend Patricia to join him.
The fragile American Patricia (Jean Seberg), a serious student at the Sorbonne and an ambitious journalist, is his complete opposite, but nevertheless she cannot resist Poicard's gangster charm and loses her head from him. She loves Faulkner and great art, he, with an eternal cigarette in his hands and a girlfriend in bed, loves sex and thrills. Godard skillfully opposes two different worlds: traditions and everyday life and riotous life "at its last breath", which spark like plus and minus in a collision, and their heroes burn out in their own illusions and emotions.
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