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‘If only…you would have one day’

I saw this movie for the first time, around nine years ago and somehow the story stayed with me … 

Before I started to write about it I decided to watch it again and I remembered why I couldn’t forget it…I am a hopeless romantic, a sap for sad stories, a believer in true love. I know it sounds corny but that’s me; I believe that everyone should be so lucky to live in true love, to appreciate one another and to see the world for what it really is…full of possibilities.

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Director: Gil Junger

Writer: Christina Welsh

Lead actors: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Nicholls, Tom Wilkinson

2004 Drama, Fantasy

The story line revolves around a young couple living in London; Ian, an english businessman and Samantha, an american musician who is about to graduate.

Their relationship is proof that love was never made to be easy, life is not simple but we can live and love truly, everyday as it would be our last.

It’s comfortable to hide your emotions and sleep with one eye open…never letting go, never turn the next page yourself but just wait for things to happen. We say we loved but we never really given ourselves to anybody…we might have suffered but never appreciated the little things we had.

If you would have the chance to live one day all over again, what would you do differently?

There is nothing like the present…now, is that moment you will never get back, so live it…be true to your feelings and appreciate love.

‘Chocolate love temptation’

Once upon a time…there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in tranquility. If you lived in this village, you understood what was expected of you, you knew your place in the scheme of things…and if you happened to forget, someone would help remind you. So through good times and bad…famine and feast…the villagers held fast to their traditions. Until one winter day…when a sly wind blew in from the north…”

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Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Writers: Joanne Harris (novel), Robert Nelson Jacobs

Lead actors: Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina

2000  Drama, Romance

I wish I could tell you this is just a love story but it’s not… it’s chocolate temptation that weakens the senses and brings to life our deepest desires.

Vianne Rocher seems to know the way to everybody’s buried secret wishes and she has only one way of doing it…chocolate.

Chocolate is the link between forgotten passion, unspoken feelings, desire for freedom and revealing destinies.

PS. Even today after watching it so many times, my love affair with chocolate still continues:)

Happy viewing!

‘La vita e bella’

‘Life is indeed beautiful’, beautifully amazing, painfully true and truly eternal.

One of my all time favourite movies out there is ‘La vita e bella’. If you never heard of it, I dare to say, you’ve been blind to a masterpiece of the cinema.

Life will never look the same once you’ve seen it; for me it was a stepping stone into a new era, a new way of waking up in the morning and breathing the air… if once you’ve felt love, love will be the bubble you live in, if you ever felt pain, pain will shatter through your existence like a river cuts through rocks. Love and pain will drive one’s life and when you thought there’s nothing else, you will find yourself smiling when tears should be falling.

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Director: Roberto Benigni

Writers: Roberto Benigni, Vincezo Cerami

Lead actors: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini

1997 Drama, Comedy, Romance

“This is a simple story, but not an easy one to tell…like a fable, there is sorrow and like a fable, it is full of wonder and happiness.”

If at any time we look at this story as a fantasy, it is perhaps because facing the brutal reality of history is unbearable.

The film has two parts; one is a sweet love story surrounded by pure comedy as Guido a Jewish hotel waiter meets Dora, a gentile soul who falls in love with him through a series of funny carefully planned encounters.

The second part of the movie reflects the many ways we try to cope with the unexpected but most importantly how we always try to protect whom we love the most. After several years we find out the couple’s life changed, they have a 5-year-old son, Joshua and Guido owns a book store. The year is 1945, when all the Jews are rounded by the Fascists and shipped by rail to a death camp. Everything happens on Joshua’s 5th birthday, when they are taken; Guido constructs an amazing fiction to protect his son from reality. Their journey becomes a game and the winner’s prize will be a real tank.

One of my favourite scenes that made me smile with tears in my eyes is when Guido acts as the translator for a German captain who is giving instructions to the inmates, freely setting the game’s rules in italian designed to quiet and excite his son.

As the story reveals itself to us, we realise that an undiscovered lie becomes the truth and the promised prize will come with a huge sacrifice.

If we would take one thing away from watching ‘Life is beautiful’ is that a child’s innocence is worth protecting.

PS. Watch it with an open mind and don’t be afraid to smile through the tears.

‘This is not a true story, this is true love’

I went through my movie collection and I did find it extremely hard to decide which one I will share with you first.

But then life always has a way to make decisions for us… and I did not have to think a lot as it’s still winter and love is in the air, so here are my thoughts on one of my favourite love stories out there.

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Director:  Akiva Goldsman

After the novel: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Lead actors: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly

2014 Drama, Fantasy

” Inside each of us there is a miracle that is meant for one person only and when we found that person, the Universe reaches down and helps us full fill our destiny”

I could tell you a quick summary of the movie but I think that could possibly ruin it for you. This story needs to be lived in our hearts while we are watching it, only then we can appreciate the true meaning behind it.

The movie’s theme is set right from the beginning: “Magic is everywhere around us.”

Watching it so many times, I can now honestly say it became one of my all times favourite, from the ‘Painfully wonderful love stories’ collection.

What is different about it compared to other similar screenplays is how the writers put the couple’s story in perspective with what else is happening around them. Things are not always how they seem…I bet you all heard that so many times; it applies here as from the beginning we don’t really know how it will end, we might think we know but don’t be fooled:)

Peter and Beverly are special as entities and their circumstances makes their story so unique. Peter is an orphan who took the wrong turn in life becoming a thief and working for Pearly, who is a demon as we find out later. Beverly, a young 21 years old ‘terribly beautiful’ girl, dying of consumption, but who’s view on life will change Peter’s whole existence.

As the story reveals itself to us, we realise how we all are connected in this world and that destiny plays a huge role in us finding the true path. There is a line at the beginning, which made me wonder for a moment:

“As we seek the light, darkness gathers and great evil is fought thru time”

Made me think that the light is always followed by darkness and darkness is always killed by light and life is an ongoing battle between the two.

There is a touch of fantasy in the movie, where the link between Peter and Beverly is a magical horse who plays the role of a guide, I like to say he is leading them towards their destiny. The movie has multiple layers, the love story of Peter and Beverly, the eternal fight between good and evil, the story of one’s miracle and destiny and we find out how stars are born.

It’s absolutely beautiful writing:)

One my favourite scenes is when Peter and Beverly meet, the connection between them is undeniable, they fall in love then and there.

Beverly’s little sister Willa plays an important role in how one’s miracle becomes reality, the way that the Sleeping Beauty tale tries to come alive through her eyes is heartbreaking but sets the next chapter of the movie. As the story line flows we discover Peter’s true destiny, which can defeat even time.

In one of the scenes Peter asks Beverly’s father: If it is possible to love somebody so completely that they can’t die?

The answer…you can discover by watching the movie.

Nothing is without purpose…

PS. If I did convince you to watch it, tell me what are your thoughts on the subject:)