Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) created a character, Bridget (Renée Zellweger).In which all women and girls have recognized themselves. At least once in their life. She is a careless thirty-year-old, a little overweight, a champion of embarrassment caused by her spontaneity and impulsiveness. Bridget’s goings-on is reminiscent of Elizabeth Bennet’s in Pride and Prejudice. Though less elegant and coarser, at the same time more realistic.
Like Elizabeth, in fact, Bridget finds herself torn between two men. There is Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), charming, and mysterious but decidedly snooty. Daniel Cleaver is much more outgoing but a hopeless womanizer. In all of this, she Bridget tries to respect all the good intentions. That she set for herself at the beginning of the year, writing everything in a diary. Will she be able to keep them all? Bridget Jones’s Diary is one of those romantic movies that you absolutely must watch before the age of 30. However, she will not fail to make viewers of any age smile.
Thanks, Moulin Rouge! (2001), directed by the talented Baz Luhrmann, “reborn” the musical genre. We are in a surreal Paris full of young poets and writers who arrived in the French capital guided by its unique bohemian atmosphere at the end of the 1800s. One of these is Christian ( Ewan McGregor ), who, thanks to a particular series of events, finds himself working on the drafting of the text for a theatrical show. The company that hires him decides to introduce him to Satine ( Nicole Kidman ), the spearhead of the Moulin Rouge.
Christian and Satine fall in love, but they have to do it secretly. Zidler (owner of the Moulin Rouge) promised the Duke (financier of the show) that he would have the exclusive Satine. One misstep and the show can go awry. Meanwhile, the woman’s health begins to weaken. All this takes place to a frantic rhythm of music, typical of Luhrmann, with pop songs reinterpreted by the cast. The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return” sings Christian. Moulin Rouge! perhaps represents one of the most tormented and passionate stories ever. A piece of cinema history not to be missed for any reason.
Frida, a 2002 film directed by Julie Taymor, focuses on the figure of Frida Kahlo and plays with Salma Hayek He was a Mexican painter known, as well as for her works of art, for her life tormented by health problems and the troubled relationship with Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina). The film tells her story since she changed her life: at the age of 18, she was the victim of an accident between the bus she was traveling on and a tram; after which her back and her whole body suffered trauma that led to lifelong pain and the inability to have children.
During the long period of hospitalization, Frida began to paint; and once able to walk and to return autonomy she decided to ask the opinion of Diego Rivera, a well-known painter of the time, on her paintings. After a few years, the two got married theirs was a troubled marriage, punctuated by repeated betrayals by him, by her betrayals, by her continuous miscarriages. However, the breaking point came 10 years later, when Rivera cheated on his wife with Cristina Kahlo, Frida’s sister. The love between the two, although unfaithful, was however very strong: they remarried in 1940. The film ends with the dying Frida (only 47 years old) who gives Diego a ring for the impending wedding anniversary, which would be celebrated in just under a month. However, Frida died before that time.
Lost in Translation
Directed by Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation is a romantic comedy with melancholic and nostalgic tones. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is an American TV star on his way down: he’s in Tokyo to shoot a whiskey commercial, he doesn’t speak Japanese, and he can’t sleep. Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) is a pretty but disappointed woman: she is in Tokyo in tow of her husband her fashion photographer whom she never sees, she doesn’t speak Japanese, and she can’t sleep. Similar souls that can only cross each other. It happens in the corridors of a hotel, and from that moment the two begin to keep each other company and get to know each other better.
Both trapped in not-exactly-happy marriages, Bob and Charlotte let themselves be carried away from a feeling that goes beyond friendship. What they feel is not visible through gestures or kisses. Their intentions and desires are always conveyed through looks and silences that are more powerful than the words themselves. What we are witnessing is a silent and discreet love story, but it is also a rescue operation. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including winning the statuette for Best Original Screenplay. Among the sweetest romantic films of the last twenty years.
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