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jessmay Fri 09-Jan-15 23:41:49

A few days on holiday left and in the mood to watch a really good film that was a bit uplifting. Maybe something about someone who was unlucky in love and things got better. Just for a bit of inspiration....any suggestions?

CogitoErgoSometimes Sat 10-Jan-15 00:37:55

I have a soft spot for tough little Jane Eyre. If you want someone that has a really rough start in life and is unlucky in love you can't beat the classic tale of one man, one woman and one secret wife in the attic occasionally setting fire to the curtains. (Hope that's not a spoiler)

jessmay Sat 10-Jan-15 01:20:30

That's such a great idea! Not watched that for years! I used to love romantic comedies and love stories but now find them so hard to watch because they are such unrealistic BS. All I am thinking is "as if that would happen?" and the people in it are generally so dysfunctional and full of it!

I mean...pretty woman...the man is shagging hookers.

ToastedOrFresh Sat 10-Jan-15 01:31:43

The Imitation Game is a good film, if you don't mind wading through 1950's morals and ethics

RandomNPC Sat 10-Jan-15 01:57:34

Human Centipede?

WildBillfemale Sat 10-Jan-15 02:43:49

The French film 'Priceless' is good. Audrey Tato/Tatou/Tattoo (you know the small dark haired one) as a high class party girl on the cote d'azur and hunting a rich man but finding love with someone unexpected.

It's funny in parts, uplifting and involves sunshine, the south of France and gorgeous clothes.....

RandomNPC Sat 10-Jan-15 02:45:36

And of course if you haven't seen it, Amelie. Another film with the gorgeous Audrey Tautou.

Norfolkandchance1234 Sat 10-Jan-15 03:00:08

Love actually or Before sunrise.

Walkacrossthesand Sat 10-Jan-15 03:52:17

'Best exotic marigold hotel' for uplifting cameos across all age groups! 'Because I said so' is good too.

woowoo22 Sat 10-Jan-15 08:00:32

They Came Together is on netflix, amy poelher and paul rudd.

Not brilliant but takes the mick out of rom-coms. A few laughs.

woowoo22 Sat 10-Jan-15 08:01:15

Scrap that - it isn't really good! Its okay.<must read OPs more carefully>

jessmay Sat 10-Jan-15 10:40:17

Thanks all.....not sure on the human centipede though!

Hobbitwife001 Sat 10-Jan-15 11:21:04

Ha ha Random, you nailed it! Human centipede ! Always an uplifting experience! How about Pride and Predjudice, the TV one and the film version are both lovely, Colin Firth and Matthew McFadyeon both outstanding.
Chin up OP, I know it's been a bit difficult lately.

Hobbitwife001 Sat 10-Jan-15 11:41:13

Still laughing at human centipede, BOAK!

Deserttrek Sat 10-Jan-15 12:20:58

Indecent Proposal
The English Patient

holdyourown Sat 10-Jan-15 12:39:12

One Fine Day

PoppyField Sat 10-Jan-15 12:50:36

Hi OP,

I can't think of anything recent/romantic off the cuff, but I go back to the oldies when times are tough.

My all time top buck-me up film is 'Went the Day Well' - B&W, set in an English village full of stock characters and then it just biffs all the stereotypes and I just love it. It pose the question of 'what if' the Germans started off their invasion in a little corner of wartime England. It's scripted by Graham Greene and is way ahead of its time in many ways -lots of proper women in it (can you spot a yound Thora Hird?), documentary style filming and it is brilliant, stirring stuff. It always cheers me up. Ordinary people stepping up to the plate etc.

The other two are early Hitchcocks - The Lady Vanishes - bloody brilliant. Again, 'ordinary' types being required to do extraordinary heroic things. Margaret Lockwood brilliant lead female, and Michael Redgrave as her partner in a wildly spiralling spy caper. Fabulous, ludicrous story of scary spies, cross-continental trains, brave gels and evil nuns. Check out the beginning tracking shot across Alpine landscape/Hornby train set - it's just brill.

Then Hitchcock's 39 Steps - spine-chilling, funny, derring-do, wild plot turns, Memory Man, Peggy Ashcroft as the brave crofter's wife, car chases and more scary spies and fifth columnists, sexy as well. Heart-warming stuff.

Hope you like.

dorasee Sat 10-Jan-15 12:54:20

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind...it's so funny, touching, magical, and original. The music is beautiful, acting superb. Jim Carrey NOT being all Jim Carrey, for once.

PoppyField Sat 10-Jan-15 12:55:05

Oh I know... a more recent one. I haven't seen it for agest but I loved 'Speed' for cheering me up. I think I must be a fan of pure nutty escapism.

I loved Speed coz it was such a ride. Keaunu Reeves as 'himself' i.e. a bit wooden at the best of times, Dennis Hopper being brillantly silly and Sandra Bullock as your traditional spunky heroine who plucks huge quantities derring-do from her girl-next-door on a bus schtick. Its very funny. Takes the mickey out of itself. It goes on one 'chapter' too many and overdoes it in spades, but it sure takes your mind off stuff!

p.s. Do not touch Speed2 - utter turkey.

SelfLoathing Sat 10-Jan-15 13:13:06

In Her Shoes - bit of a cheesy chick flick but quite empowering all round. Toni Collette is in it and I think she's a brilliant actress.

DrMorbius Sat 10-Jan-15 17:52:24

If you have never seen it, I would strongly recommend Hobson's Choice. Great British at cast including a very young john Mills. Laughable look at society positions and how to upset them. Strong female lead.

LoathsomeDrab Sat 10-Jan-15 17:57:08

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind...it's so funny, touching, magical, and original. The music is beautiful, acting superb. Jim Carrey NOT being all Jim Carrey, for once.

Totally agree with this, it's a great film.

Also Secretary.

Twinklestein Sat 10-Jan-15 18:14:38

The Philadelphia Story

Le Rayon Vert or Un Conte d'Hiver both directed by Eric Rohmer.

Annie Hall

Deserttrek Sat 10-Jan-15 19:08:26

OK, so I have been drinking some tea and got thinking and I remembered these.....all about finding something...

Last of The Mohicans
"I will always find you...."

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Purrfect if you love cats...

After The Sunset
Pierce Brosnan as an international jewel thief who gives it all up and proposes to Salma Hayek with "the first diamond I ever bought"...this is a good movie for January as set in Carribean. And you can turn the heating up and dance to Rupee's Tempted to Love.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin
The 'Love is...' words by John Hurt. And the most amazing Greek scenery....again perfect for January.

Vanilla Sky
'Look at us, I'm frozen and you're dead. And I love you.'

Amelie someone already posted and proposed that, and I second!

The English Patient
I posted earlier, but I just recalled the final scene where Juliette Binoche is driven away through the sun-dappled trees, and having gone through the entire film, with all its parallel stories, its loss, all set in the War, and for her to make it through, it is so uplifting.

Bram Stoker's Dracula - this is a wildcard suggestion. OK, so there are some typical 'vampire' scenes, but not too graphic and Francis Ford Coppola created a love story. The 'I have travelled across oceans of time' speech and the final scene...this is a must see...Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder.

Shrek...haha...tongue in cheek. Not really

This lot should keep you busy until....oh Monday lunchtime.

I do like Penelope Cruz, quite a lot.....

Deserttrek Sat 10-Jan-15 19:09:55

Sorry...Rupee's Tempted to Touch.

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