Sponsored PostFilms about break-ups not only help you review your own relationship when experiencing disappointments and frustrations, but distract you from reality for a while to appreciate the beauty of an ideal love.
If you’re looking for movie therapy to renew your hope in love and life, here are five movies that will not disappoint.
(500) Days of Summer
Time heals all wounds, but during a period of time after a devastating breakup, many people believe they would never love again. This is a film for those who have given more than they have gotten, but manage to pick themselves up when they realize it is time to move on.
The story is based upon the male protagonist Tom and his memory-driven look at a failed relationship. When Tom meets Summer, he is a romantic greeting card writer and she is a relationship cynic who claims she does not believe in true love. The two date for several months before they end their relationship on day 290. When Tom sees Summer again on day 488, she is married, but both of them have walked out of their past and gained better understanding of each other.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs before you find your prince – which is not too traumatizing when the frog is Hugh Grant and your prince is Colin Firth. A reinterpretation of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the film centers on the love story of Bridget Jones, a single woman in her early thirties who occasionally overindulges in cigarettes, alcohol and food. After she begins a relationship with her charming boss, the beaux Daniel Cleaver, she thinks she has found her Mr. Right…until she catches him with a woman that is younger, thinner and more attractive than her.
As Bridget picks up the pieces, she begins to see a family friend in a different light. Bridget Jones’ Diary is a story about finding love in the most unexpected of places, and that sometimes appearances are just that – an appearance and nothing more.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
One of the most frustrating moments after a break-up is when you receive an invitation to your ex’s wedding. This is what happens to the New York restaurant critic Julianne. After knowing her lifelong friend Michael is about to get married, she heads to Chicago, planning to sabotage their wedding and not afraid to fight dirty in order to win him back.
Soon after her arrival, she meets Michael’s fiancée Kimmy, who asks her to be her maid of honor. This sets off a series of comic scenarios where Julianne needs to pretend to be a dutiful bride maid while continuing her plan to prevent the wedding.
However, as events unfold, Jules learns that love is not about possessing someone, but letting your loved ones be happy. A great movie if you’re feeling bitter about your ex’s new flame, My Best Friend’s Wedding is funny at the right times and ultimately delivers an important message: that winning isn’t the most important thing after a break up (even if it seems like it might be).
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The aftermath of a break-up normally includes destroying the photos you took together, deleting their mobile numbers or tossing out the CDs they gave you. But if you don’t think you can erase your memories about your former love simply by wiping the trace of them in your life, think again.
This 2004 American sci-fi romance tells the story of an estranged couple, Joel and Clementine, who went through a surgery in order to erase the memories about each other. When his memories disappear one by one, Joel struggles to hold on to the good times and realizes that he does not, in fact, want to forget these memories with her. A beautiful film, Eternal Sunshine proves that it is impossible to forget someone that once stirred your soul.
Eat, Pray, Love
Based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir, this film covers topics much broader than romantic love – but romance is one of the most important elements in the story. Gilbert seems to have everything a modern woman wants – a good job, friends and husband – yet she is searching for something she really wants in her life. After getting a divorce, Gilbert decides to make a change by embarking on an adventure of self-discovery which starts in Italy, passes by India and ends in Bali, Indonesia.
During her journey, she finds the pleasure of “doing nothing” in Italy and then discovers the power of prayer in India. In her last stop, Bali, she encounters an unexpected situation, and realizes that when it comes to dealing with love, you’d better follow your heart, not your mind.
Author bio: Yuan Liu is a freelancer who loves romance both in theatre and in real life.