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Must Watch Foreign Romantic Movies: Sighs, Smiles, Gasps and Gulps

Paola_Bassanese_itcher_contributorAre the French the best at romantic movies? Or is the latin temperament the most romantic? Priceless, It Boy and Like Water for Chocolate are among my picks of must watch foreign romantic movies. ~ Paola Bassanese

Great romantic foreign movies have a few characteristics in common: they are not saccharine-laden, they have some interesting plot twists and they are unconventional.

This is my selection of beautiful romantic foreign films, all of which have some elements of comedy or tragedy.

He just falls madly in love with an older woman

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6. ’20 Ans d’écart’ (It Boy) (David Moreau, 2013)

This is a cute romantic movie about a “cougar” and her much younger lover.

It stars Pierre Niney (Yves Saint Laurent, 2014), who plays an unlikely womaniser – in fact, he just falls madly in love with an older woman and behaves like a puppy dog!

This is a light-hearted romantic comedy but it does not ridicule the age difference between the protagonists.

Romantic movie about a “cougar” and her much younger lover

A gold digger whose plans go a bit wrong.

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5. ‘Hors de Prix’ (Priceless) (Pierre Salvadori, 2006)

What is it about modern French movies and their refreshing approach to romance?

Another gem is Hors de Prix (Priceless) (2006)  with the fabulous Audrey Tautou (Amelie) who plays a gold digger whose plans go a bit wrong when she falls in love with the wrong guy… who turns out to be a bit of a gold digger himself!

What is it about modern French movies and their refreshing approach to romance?

This is a sophisticated tale of love and lust (and cash!).

I particularly enjoyed Tatou’s seduction scene with her co-star Gad Elmaleh.

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4. ‘Amelie’ (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)

Shall we talk about Amelie (2001)? Go on then!

Yes, Audrey Tautou is a goddess and the queen of quirky romantic comedies.

Amelie is a romantic at heart but also painfully shy.

Audrey Tautou is a goddess and the queen of quirky romantic comedies

She has an incredible ability to see the magic in small things and to bring people together.

She has a kind soul and a vivid imagination.

This film is surreal and magical and will make you look at the world differently – seeing everything with rose-tinted glasses.

Make sure to also have a look at these other great movies like ‘Amélie’.

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3. ‘Un Balcon sur la Mer’ (A View of Love) (Nicole Garcia, 2010)

A wonderfully intriguing French film blending betrayal, love and passion is.

The leads are Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty).

Depending on how you define romance, this film deals with the romanticised view of childhood and first loves, the consuming nature of passion and heartbreak.

This film deals with the romanticised view of childhood and first loves

It’s the story of an estate agent in Provence who grew up in Algeria and who, as a small boy, he fell in love with a young girl but they were separated dramatically during Algeria’s war for independence from France – only to find her again years later, after he was already married with children.

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2. ‘Como Agua para Chocolate’ (Like Water for Chocolate) (Alfonso Arau, 1992)

If you like a bit of magic, food and passion, Como Agua para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) (1992) is for you.

Reminiscent of Isabel Allende‘s books, this movie uses food for magic preparations: it can make people fall in love or fall violently ill!

I also recommend the book that inspired the film, it’s got some good recipes!

The storyline about love conquering all despite unsormountable obstacles

If you are not put off by the surreal elements of the movie, you will enjoy the storyline about love conquering all despite unsormountable obstacles.

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1. ‘Io sono l’Amore  (I Am Love)’ (Luca Guadagnino, 2009)

Io sono l’Amore  (I Am Love) (2009) – let’s take a little trip to Italy and gasp at the lives of the rich, upper middle class.

The splendour and decadence hides deep dissatisfaction

The splendour and decadence hides deep dissatisfaction.

The romance element is like a fire that burns and destroys, but while it lasts, it shines brightly.

Tilda Swinton is superb in this film about love for one’s children, lust, the need to feel desirable and keeping up appearances.

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What Romantic Movie Style do You Prefer?

You see?

Rom-coms are not the be-all and end-all of romance.

There’s many nuances – from noir/dark stories to more light-hearted plots.

Are you a hopeless romantic or do you prefer intrigue?

 

I am Paola Bassanese, and I love twitter – I think in slogans! I am a contributing author at itcher mag covering mainly quirky movies that I like and that I hope you′ll like too. [n-e-x-t] I have written a few books including The Foraging Home Cook, and also write about health and lifestyle for the Huffington Post. I consider myself to be a Londoner even though I was born in Italy. I love 80s music and foreign language films, but I also enjoy going to the opera and ballet.
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