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Love, It's Complicated

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As spring is well on its way and the mating season begins, let’s take on a slightly more skeptical approach on the season of love… Whether concerned with the discovery of passion or the result of a long marriage, the four films from this cycle portray couples facing problems, doubts or strange encounters that put their relationships at risk. Finely observed through the cameras of distinguished directors, such as Maren Ade and Richard Linklater, the trials and tribulations of companionship will please all the cynics out there and present an alternative to the usual flowery depictions of romance that the season brings.

My Summer of Love

Paweł Pawlikowski United Kingdom, 2004

Birds might be singing but trouble can still be coming… Paweł Pawlikowski (Ida) sprinkles the discovery of love between two young women (Emily Blunt in one of her first roles!) with doses of manipulation, class divide and the heavily dense and heated atmosphere of summer boredom.

To Paint or Make Love

Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu France, 2005

With spring in full swing, let’s explore the ‘season of love’ with romance’s darker side in this film by the hedonistic Larrieu brothers. Starring Sabine Azéma and Daniel Auteuil as an unsettled yet intrigued couple, the film paints rural landscapes as the idyllic backdrop for sexual discoveries.

Before Midnight

Richard Linklater United States, 2013

In the last film of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are finally reunited as a fully-fledged couple. However, maturity comes with a dose of retrospection and some tough decisions… Will the memories of their unique romance be enough to save their relationship?

Everyone Else

Maren Ade Germany, 2009

We open our cycle on the hardships of relationships with two films portraying couples on holidays. Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the second feature by Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) is a delicate observation of the tensions that arise between a seemingly flawless couple.

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