How is the romantic film genre changing? In recent years, the romance films we’ve loved the most are often about relationships that don’t last, but are life changing all the same. Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney and Executive Editor Orla Smith discuss a recent trend of films about the finite nature of romances. Their conversation spans site favourites On Chesil Beach, Call Me by Your Name, and Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and as well as more great films like End of the Century and the Before trilogy. They also contrast these films to those that subvert the expectation that a romance will be cut short, a significant example being Todd Haynes’ Carol.
Show notes and recommended reading on films about finite romance
- Order Portraits of resistance: The cinema of Céline Sciamma, our new book on Céline Sciamma and Portrait of a Lady on Fire. This is the first book every written about Sciamma’s work. It was published in February 2020.
- Check out our ebooks on The Souvenir (Tour of memories: The creative process behind Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir) and Call Me By Your Name, two of the finite romances on film discusses.
- Read our Special Issue on On Chesil Beach, which features interviews with the film’s director, cast, and crew.
- Listen to our past podcast episodes on Vita and Virginia and Find Me.
- Read Alex Heeney’s interview with Their Finest director Lone Scherfig.
- Alex voted End of the Century as one of 2019’s best films.
- Read our five features on A Bigger Splash in our Special Issue of the film. The Issue includes analyses of three of the film’s main performers.
- Before Midnight was included on Alex’s list of the 10 best films of 2013.