8 Interesting Movie Couples You Might Not Have Heard Of
1. Joel and Clementine
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Following a messy break-up, Clementine (Kate Winslet) impulsively decides to undergo a procedure to erase ex-boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey) from her memory, prompting him to do the same. Much of the film takes place in Joel’s head, portraying a non-linear show reel of his relationship with Clementine. As we watch each of Joel’s memories literally crumble into non-existence, the audience is reminded of the many ups and downs of relationships and that some memories are worth holding onto.
2. Theodore and Samantha
Spike Jonze’s unique love story portrays the perils of technology and intelligently explores a present debate in a futuristic setting. The introverted and lonely Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Pheonix) finds romance with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), an operating system with a female voice and seemingly idealistic personality. Theodore believes he has found his ideal match, but is his infatuation true love, or simply an attempt to avoid the inevitable pitfalls of a real relationship?
3. Pat and Tiffany
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
In a film that sensitively portrays the underrepresented issue of mental health, Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) are a couple united in their resolve to overcome their individual demons. Though the film is centred on a serious topic, Silver Linings Playbook is as hilarious as it is touching and boasts faultless performances from Cooper and Lawrence. Their dysfunctional yet endearing dynamic ensures they are a couple worth rooting for.
4. Lars and Bianca
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Lars (Ryan Gosling) is living an isolated existence in his brother’s garage, when he makes the surprising announcement that he has a girlfriend. What he neglects to mention is that his new love interest, Bianca, is a life-size doll. Though rooted in a bizarre delusion, this film has a great deal of heart. Gosling effortlessly portrays a confused, isolated man still coming to terms with the death of his father, yet immune to the concern and understanding shown by his community.
5. Stéphane and Stéphanie
The Science of Sleep (2006)
Stéphane (Gael García Bernal) suffers with the difficulty of distinguishing his dreams from reality, which makes for an unusual dynamic with his neighbour, Stéphanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg). As the couple bond over their love of creativity, oddball Stéphane becomes infatuated, but quickly finds that winning Stéphanie over is not going to be easy. The distorted and extravagant nature of this unusual film is entrancing, and the audience is treated to a delightful pairing in Stéphane and Stéphanie.
6. Jacob and Anna
Like Crazy (2011)
It’s no secret that long distance relationships can be a tough ride, but that feels like somewhat of an understatement in Drake Doremus’s gripping romantic drama. Anna (Felicity Jones) is a British exchange student attending university in Los Angeles, where she meets an American called Jacob (Anton Yelchin).The pair embark on an intense love affair, prompting Anna to overstay her visa in order to remain in the US. The consequences prove disastrous. This film will break your heart, and leave you hanging until the very end.
7. Bob and Charlotte
Lost in Translation (2003)
As much a love letter to Tokyo as it is an ode to forbidden romance, Lost in Translation is a rare gem of a film. Scarlett Johansson plays a curious, young graduate, accompanying her photographer husband on a business trip. She meets Bob (Bill Murray), an aging actor, in the bar of their hotel and the pair immediately develop an affinity for one another. Tokyo provides a majestic backdrop for their unlikely courtship, in which they find a brief solace from the uncertainty in their lives.
8. Dean and Cindy
Blue Valentine (2010)
Blue Valentine tells the mournful story of Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) as depictions of their failing marriage are interwoven with flashbacks of their early courtship, seven years previous. It is a bitter contrast, denying us any hope for the young couple as we learn how their romance first blossomed. The narrative is a dismal, but refreshing take on the conventional love story, with incredible performances from the two leads.