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Old 10-19-11, 03:13 PM
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Films Re: Realistic Relationships

After seeing just a few crappy Rom/Coms when I was younger, I quickly learned to appreciate movies that honestly depict tumultuous romantic relationships. It may be weird, but I like to see couples argue realistically and hate being patted on the head with neat and tidy endings.

Here are some of my favorite films depicting waning romantic relationships:

2 Days in Paris
Blue Valentine
Eternal Sunshine
High Fidelity
The Last Kiss (guilty pleasure)
Revolutionary Road
Scenes from a Marriage
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
etc.

Any recommendations? What are some other favorites?
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Old 10-19-11, 05:14 PM
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I thought the subplot of Emma Thompson's character in Love, Actually felt like the most realistic and really sad - she outacted everyone in the cast for her bedroom breakdown scene.
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All The Real Girls
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Angel and Theresa in THE WILD BUNCH:

Angel: She was my woman.
Lyle: She sure ain't your woman now, boy. Look at her lickin' all inside that Heneral's ear.

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Since this seems to be more about movies in general than DVDs I'm moving to the Movie Forum...
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Away We Go
To quote Jason Bailey's review,
Their dialogue is full of the shorthand and easy interactions of a long-time couple; this is the kind of relationship where a meandering "Still..." is a perfectly acceptable end of a conversation.
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Another Year.

Fantastic movie.
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Old 10-20-11, 04:09 PM
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Old 10-20-11, 04:16 PM
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50/50
500 Days of Summer
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Old 10-20-11, 04:49 PM
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I thought the subplot of Emma Thompson's character in Love, Actually felt like the most realistic and really sad - she outacted everyone in the cast for her bedroom breakdown scene.
The follow-up to her character/storyline in the film as most realistic is that of Laura Linney's.

I don't know if I would classify it specifically as "romantic," but I'd throw in my recommendation for Once.

... and, the last two minutes of The Last American Virgin wins this thread.
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Re: Films Re: Realistic Relationships

off the top of my head...

500 Days of Summers
Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
The Last Kiss
Revolutionary Road
Blue Valentine

Those felt real. I especially liked (500) Days of Summer's take on infatuation. And it was pretty true as well. People at times do infatuate themselves and romanticize a relationship. Was very honest on that note.
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The more I thought about
Spoiler:
how Affleck's character thought a threesome would solve all his problems the more I think about how that was the stupidest thing ever. I don't think any guy, ever, has thought his relationship problems could be solved by a threesome with his best friend.
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Old 10-20-11, 05:27 PM
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Old 10-20-11, 05:43 PM
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Before Sunset. Not exactly a "couple", but realistic arguing.

Always...But not forever, Henry Jaglom film. some pretty realistic dialogue between people who once loved each other and are in the process of getting divorced.
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Wow. Are all "real" relationship movies so downbeat? "Real" relationships must really suck.
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Originally Posted by troystiffler View Post
Wow. Are all "real" relationship movies so downbeat? "Real" relationships must really suck.
Every single person experiences more "failed" relationships than successful, but the overwhelming majority of relationships in movies portray the happy fairy tale ending.
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Old 10-21-11, 12:29 AM
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Old 10-21-11, 10:38 AM
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All The Real Girls
I love this movie. This is a perfect example.
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The more I thought about SPOILER
Yeah, that part was a little out there. But overall, the dialogue about relationships is pretty strong.
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What about some of Woody Allen's films, like Husbands and Wives?
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