10 Must See Romantic Films of the Summer

Posted on Jul 16 2015 - 4:03pm by Sera Pisani

This summer has been a successful one for romance flicks with box offices around the world overflowing from romantic comedies, dramas, and thrillers. Abroad, and at home, here are the top 10 must see romantic films of the summer.

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Trainwreck

Release date: July, 17 2015

Director: Judd Apatow

Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader

Perhaps one of the funniest films of the summer is Trainwreck, an American comedy and break through film for comedian, Amy Schumer. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena and LeBron James.

Growing up with a father who is convinced monogamy is not possible, Amy lives a life free of commitment. Her career is successful and she enjoys a life filled with fleeting relationships. However, all of this changes when an interview with an orthopedic surgeon (Hader) turns into something more. As her feelings for him grow, she may have to comes to term with the fact that her non-monogamy filled days are over.

With all over positive reviews from critics, Trainwreck is the hottest film of the summer.  It received a 93% approval rating, based on 40 reviews, on Rotten Tomatoes and Benjamin Lee of The Guardian gave the film three stars out of five, stating, “Judd Apatow’s latest is rough around the edges, but his focus on a female protagonist refreshes a genre in sore need of change.”

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Irrational Man 

Release date: July 17, 2015

Director: Woody Allen

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley

Woody Allen fans should be excited for his newest film, Irrational Man, an American mystery-drama film, both written and directed by Woody Allen.

A philosophy professor, Abe Lucas (Phoenix), at small-town college, Braylin, although brilliant, is a greatly troubled and depressed man. When he begins a relationship with one of his students, Jill Pollard (Stone), he seems to find new purpose in life.  This intensive film, like most of Allen’s films, addressed the human condition and focuses on one man’s search for love and happiness.

Irrational Man has received mixed reviews from critics with an approval rating of 42% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Aloha 

Release date: May, 29 2015

Director: Cameron Crowe

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone

Say hello to another great romantic film and yet another film for Emma Stone with Aloha. An American romantic comedy-drama film created by Cameron Crowe, the cast also includes Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin.

Cooper performs as a renown and celebrated military contractor who, after many years, returns to the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii, the site of one of his greatest career successes. While back home, he reconnects with his long lost love (McAdams) and unexpectedly falls for the Air Force watchdog (Stone) assigned to him.

During its opening, CinemaScore polls gave the film a grade of “B-” of an F to A+ scale.

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The Breakup Playlist

Release date: July 1, 2015

Country: Phillipines

Director: Dan Villegas

Stars: Teddy Corpuz, Sarah Geronimo, Rio Locsin

The Breakup Playlist is a heartwarming Filipino romantic-drama. Written by Antonette Jadaone and directed by Dan Villegas, if you’re looking for a foreign film filled with young love and romance, find this film a theater near you.

This film is a story about an Trixie David, an aspiring professional singer played by Sarah Geronimo, and a rock singer, Gino Avila, performed by Piolo Pascual, who decided to collaborate on a song. As they work on their song together, they find that may have feelings for each other.

Rappler.com deems The Breakup Playlist, “a film that juggles commercial demands with the impulse for creative change. Sure, it may not be perfect, it may not dent the system or cause a revolution, but the film, with all its heart and soul in all the right places, is proof that even in the much maligned arena of escapist entertainment, there is hope. There is substance.”

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Testament of Youth 

Release date: June 5, 2015

Country: Great Britain

Director: James Kent

Stars: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harrington, Taron Egerton

For those seeking drama, look no further than Testament of Youth, a British drama based on the WWI memoir by Vera Brittain. Alicia Vikander who plays Vera Brittain, demonstrates Brittain’s story of her younger self as an independent woman who leaves her studies at Oxford to become a war nurse.

A film for the modern feminist, Testament of Youth, focuses on our strong female protagonist in war-ravaged Great Britain of 1914 where she defies gender norms by attending  Somerville College, Oxford. However, her plans meet a change of fate when the war breaks out and her brother, fiancé,, and friends are all sent to the front lines. Brittain makes a brave decision by following them out to the fields and joins the Voluntary Aid Detachment as a nurse tending to both British and German soldiers in London, Malta and France.

The film was very well received with Rotten Tomatoes reporting that 84% of 38 film critics gave the film a positive review.

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10.000 KM 

Release date: July, 10 2015 (USA)

Country: Spain

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet

Stars: Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer

Protagonists Alexandra (Tena) and Sergio (Verdaguer) played two star crossed lovers from Barcelona. In their decision to sped their lives together and have a child, they find their plans suddenly interrupted when Alexandra is offered an artistic residency in Los Angeles to restart her photography career. They decide to hold off on their lives together for one year and keep their relationship alive through the use of virtual communication. With 10,000 km between them, they discover the reality and hardships of making their love last long distance. In today’s modern age of technology, one couple explores their two realities joined by two screens.

Giving it an “A” grade, Indiewire stated, “unquestionably cinematic. (…) An insightful, powerful moving romance for the technology age.”

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Gemma Bovery 

Country: France

Release date: May 29, 2015

Director: Anne Fontaine

Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng

This quirky drama comedy is a French-British romance film based on Posy Simmonds’ 1999 graphic novel. Its romantic  interpretation of the intertwined worlds reality and art will make audiences remember the true origins of romance.

The film begins with Martin (Fabrice Luchini), who has recently moved from Paris, who holds a deep appreciation for Gustave Flaubert. He decides to settle right outside Normandy as a baker. One day, an English couple,  Gemma (Gemma Arterton) and Charles Bovery (Jason Flemyng) move in across the street from him. He notices their names exactly replicate the protagonists of Flaubert’s widely known 1856 novel, Madame Bovary. In his sudden obsession, Martin, meddles in Gemma’s life, observing her seemingly parallel behavior to her character in the novel. Her life and the story line of the book, which includes several romantic and sexual scandals, begin to line up and Martin attempts to intervene before she meets the tragic end of the plot she is following. However, instead of avoiding disaster, he simply becomes another character in her story.

The film received 54% on Rotten Tomatoes and its release was widely accepted both in France and here in the United States.

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A Little Chaos 

Country: Great Britain

Release date: June, 26 2015

Director: Alan Rickman

Stars: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci

With its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, A Little Chaos is a beautifully constructed story of loss and love. The 2014 British period drama was directed by Alan Rickman and conceived by Allison Deegan.

Taking us back to the late 1700’s in pre-revolution France, the forbidden love story begins when Sabine (Winslet), a known landscape designer, delves with issues of class and love. She finds herself romantically inclined with another prestigious landscape artist while she herself is building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV.

The film has presented mixed reviews from critics, but unwavering praise for the brilliant cast. The performances are worthy of your movie ticket. The film generated mixed reviews from critics, with the performances from the cast being highly praised. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes’ consensus stated that, “Stylish and well-acted without ever living up to its dramatic potential, A Little Chaos is shouldered by the impressive efforts of a talented cast.”

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Meet Me in Montenegro 

Country: Germany

Release date: July 10, 2015

Director: Alex Holdridge, Linnea Saasen

Stars: Alex Holdridge, Linnea Saasen, Rupert Friend

Meet Me in Montenegro is heart wrenching film dealing with the loss and rediscovery of love. Filmed around the world and directed by Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen, it had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014. Already praised by festivals across Europe including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Munich Film Film Festival, Dublin International Film Festival, Krakow’s Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, and Tromsø International Film Festival, Meet Me in Montenegro is a movie you won’t want to miss.

The romantic comedy follows the story of failed American writer (Holdridge) who falls madly in love after a spontaneous encounter with a European dancer (Saasen). Suddenly meeting her again, halfway across the world, he will have to decide what love is truly worth and how far he is willing to go to find who he is.

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The Film Critic 

Country: Brazil

Release date: May 15 2015

Director: Hernán Guerschuny

Stars: Rafael Spregelburd, Dolores Fonzi, Blanca Lewin

Also known as El Crítico, the film follows Tellez (Spregelburd), a lonesome but prestigious film critic, discouraged by the glamorized notion of romantic Hollywood. He claims he suffers from a self-titled condition, ‘maladie du cinema’ which means he sees his life as movie which he cannot help but criticize. He suddenly meets a young beautiful women named Sofia who confirms all his beliefs of cliches. He describes her as, “Elemental, constructed on a basis of cliches.” However, he finds himself meeting her again and again turning his life into one of the unending romantic films he hates so much.

A review from the AFI Film festival stated, “Funny, quirky, and smart! Will delight fans of When Harry Met Sally.”

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Intern at Riverdale Ave Books. Student at Manhattan College. Studier of human motivation. Currently in a committed and helplessly romantic relationship with words.

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