The world of cinema always had something to do with love, just like any other form of art out there. Why is that? Love seems to penetrate everything that we do in this life, from the love that our parents give us during our childhood, love that we give to our first crush in school, love that we give to our partners, and the love that we give to our own children. Love is the most powerful feeling in the world, and thus, we want to share the love that we feel for someone in this world with the rest of the people around us, with all the beauties and horrors of this feeling. I am a big fan of the British cinema, so I am a little bit biased, but that doesn’t mean that it is not worth praising it for all the masterpieces that were created under its proud banner.
British cinema has a special atmosphere to it. These are thousands of incredible stories with colorful characters. Fiery passions that burn under the sheath of visible restraint. And naturally, all this is flavored with a good portion of subtle ironic humor. We hope that our selection of the top 5 underrated British movies about love will help you better know the mysterious soul of the inhabitants of the British Isles.
1. “Florence Foster Jenkins”
If you don’t have any ideas for a romantic weekend, then this is a good movie to start a marathon of the films on this list. This is the success story of the opera singer Florence, who completely lacked any sort of musical talent. The prototype is taken by a real American singer who lived at the beginning of the last century. A mixture of sentimental and comical aspects makes the film a strange tale about a rich elderly Cinderella. The main role of the heroine is played by Meryl Streep, who was a record, twentieth time in her career, nominated for an Oscar. The husband of the heroine was brilliantly played by Hugh Grant.
2. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
If you have already watched the films of Yorgos Lanthimos (“Lobster,” “Dogtooth”), then you will immediately recognize his style in “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” If not, welcome to the absurd dramatic world of the author. A heart surgeon (Colin Farrell) and his ophthalmologist wife (Nicole Kidman) live in their sterile world, where a strange boy comes – the son of a deceased patient. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is another allegory, this time with reference to the culture of ancient Hellas. Suspense, terribly horrifying scenes, and a complete lack of sympathy for the heroes are the reason why it is considered to be one of the most gripping and fascinating pieces of art-house of 2017.
3. “Ali and Nino”
A film adaptation of a popular Azerbaijani novel performed by a British director tells the story of love between the son of the Karabakh khan and a Georgian girl. Their relationship causes the public a wave of indignation. After all, the story takes place during the First World War, full of social, religious, and national prejudices.
4. “This Beautiful Fantastic”
Dreams do not always coincide with reality. We want one thing, and life throws something completely different our way. The main character of this amazing story dreams of becoming a writer of children’s books. But reality mercilessly lowers her onto mortal earth and forces her to do work in a garden, because otherwise, she may end up without a roof over her head. But the girl works in the library and has no idea how to handle plants. Now she has to turn to an unpleasant neighbor for help.
Joseph returns to Blackpool, a city that is dear to his heart, where he was once happy: his wife was alive, they enjoyed quiet evenings together. Now she is gone. And Joseph returned there to say goodbye to life forever. In parallel, we meet the girl by the name Ria. She, too, is complicated and has her own issues. Of course, these people were destined to meet.