Bring it in. We’ve all been there, and it hurts. After months (years?) of shared bliss, you have gone your separate ways and your heart hurts. A kind of all consuming and seemingly neverending ache, which only has one remedy: films. Ease the pain with one of these ultimate films to get you through a heartbreak.
You’ll be kicking yourself for the things you said, those you wish you hadn’t and then begging for a do-over of the best bits. Tim has the chance to go back in time and relive, redo and reconsider his relationship with Mary, thanks to a somewhat unconventional gift passed down from his father – the ever lovely Bill Nighy.
If ever an endearing, lanky and warm-hearted fictional man could ever get you through a heartache, it is Domnhall Gleeson in this film. About Time acknowledges the predictable and the unavoidable in rom-coms while asking questions about how you value your time and cherish your relationships. If nothing else, revel in another Richard Curtis instant classic which will warm all of your chilliest bones. Ellie Goulding gifts the film a lovely cover of “How Long Will I Love You,” too.
Her won’t necessarily lift your spirits or distract you from your sorrows, but it will move you to the core. In a dystopian but still very familiar future, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) deals with loneliness and discovers what it means to love someone with Samantha – his operating system.
An unconventional but by no means less pure love story unfolds between a man and his computer within the twinkling lights of a futuristic L.A, punctuated by occasional ukelele strums and a bit of Arcade Fire piano, no less. In a picture-perfect candy-colored microcosm, the viewer walks alongside Theodore – maybe still alone, but a lot less lonely together.
He gave you School of Rock and Boyhood – now delve into the past of Richard Linklater with the film that really made his name. The first installment of a real-time 3 part love story, Before Sunrise heightens all expectations for first encounters as Jessie (Ethan Hawke) convinces Céline (Julie Delpy) to get off the interrailing train with him.
They wander the midnight streets of Vienna and talk about life and love, saying the words that never are given more than a tenth of their worth on screen. It isn’t action packed or sensationalist, as Linklater simply, honestly and unpretentiously invites viewers into a snapshot of people’s lives.
Stories you’ve heard and questions that you’ve always wanted to ask – let Jessie and Céline put into words what you never could. And if you enjoy this film, make sure to follow it up with Before Sunrise and Before Midnight respectively – which catch up with the pair 9 years and 18 years on, as much in their world as in real time too.
(500) Days of Summer
For the bitter, true, meaningful and sad quotes – 500 is your go to. When in doubt and with any desire to release the anger on someone who seems to be having an even harder time than you, meet Tom. He falls for Summer as the new girl at work and is convinced that she is the one that he has been waiting for.
A feeling that our heartbreak knows too well, viewers relate, laugh and cry as he does. (500) Days of Summer sets itself apart from the traditional boy-meets-girl watch by questioning a gender prejudice on male commitment issues and avoiding the predictable happy-end. With a killer indie soundtrack and an actually much deeper plot than it may seem, it’s a film to change your perspective and prepare for a new start.
A somewhat distant relative of Before Sunrise, Annie Hall showcases Woody Allen at his peak as we are invited into his psyche when he falls painfully in love with Annie Hall. The film follows their love story, mainly narrated by Allen himself.
Their chemistry is fast-paced and the actor/director is captivating as he sets the standard for all romantic comedies to follow. It isn’t sugar-coated nor gimmicky and yet still manages to hit the spot alongside the best of them. Woody Allen reaches out to your inner insecurities and uses his own to get you through the heartbreak with a cynical, endearing and highly enjoyable bittersweet watch.
Oh, this one hurts. Planning his latest weepy with The Light Between Oceans in cinemas next week, director Derek Cianfrance depicts heartbreak as the searingly painful emotional outpour in Blue Valentine.
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams go through the motions as a couple at a crossroads of emotional turmoil. The film patches back together the best and the worst of their times, flitting between the blossoming of their happiness together and the present breakdown of their marriage.
Blue Valentine is intelligent and powerful in its creative flair of portraying the fragility and dysfunctional nature of love at its strongest, in and out of time. Probably not the best for the cool-down film after the heat of an argument, but definitely one to watch for a cathartic experience of living it all in and out again.
I know what you’re thinking, but do not knock it until you try it. The 2015 reboot of the Disney classic doesn’t pretend to revolutionize the tale – but it doesn’t need to. Director Kenneth Branagh does the story justice and provides an inspiring and heartwarming facelift to keep you smiling all year.
Cinderella’s morals have always been to “have courage and be kind,” and there is no greater time to remind yourself of these true principles and exercise a bit of self-love than during this heartbreak. Luxuriate in the costumes, indulge in the morals and enjoy the beautifully nostalgic and ever-satisfying songs while Helena Bonham Carter’s fairy godmother may help you inch that bit closer to your own happy ending.
Originally published on Konbini