Romanticmovies have the power to make us believe in the power of love or at least give us high expectations for the gifts we can share on Valentine's Day to show how much they mean to us. 'Tis the season to overestimate what Cupid has in store. So I thought it'd be fun to share my favorite romantic gestures from movies...that has set some impossible standards.
Page number 28 - Portrait of a Lady on FireIn the midst of their romance, Marianne sketches a portrait of herself in Héloïse’s copy of Orpheus and Eurydice’s story. Years later, after their initial encounter and Héloïse is married with children, Marianne sees a portrait of Héloïse at a gallery. The corner of a book on page 28 is peeking through her hands – the page number Marianne used to sketch her. Though their romance has faded into a memory, Héloïse still holds onto her and vice versa. A lot of historical lesbian films go all-out for making us yearn for the characters to end up together, and the ending could soften the iron-clad heart of even the most staunch homophobe.
Trip To Amsterdam - The Fault In Our StarsAn Imperial Afflection by Peter Van Houten helped Hazel Grace Lancaster feel understood and validated throughout her cancer diagnosis. But the book’s cliffhanger left her in the dark about what happens to the characters. Even worse, the author became a recluse who does everything he can to stay out of the spotlight or gleam attention, even ignoring fan mail. When she befriends Augustus Waters, he's able to contact Peter and use his ‘cancer perk’ wishes for them to visit to Amsterdam and meet the author in person. The trip does not go as planned at all, but the true answers Hazel seeks – if she should let someone love her – is answered not by Peter, but with Augustus and his resounding affection for her despite his own cancer diagnosis. Talk about making sure the time we have left truly counts.
Carol Sends Abby - Carol
Can you imagine waking up and Sarah Paulson is in your room? Okay, it might not work for you as much as it does for me...But in the case of a romantic gesture for Carol, it's not too shabby. Carol has to leave her lover Therese behind to deal with her husband threatening to take full custody of their daughter. Surely, Carol hated having to leave Therese abruptly with a break-up letter, but she does send along Abby to help her drive home to New York. Abby is not the most heartwarming person to greet Therese, but again, it's Sarah Paulson.
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