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‘Soul of the town’: Mostar’s beloved bridge inspires tale of romance and war

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The bridge in the middle of Mostar is the spiritual and social heart of the city. It’s where people meet and gossip, snatch a first kiss or dive into the waters of the river below. The Bosnian city takes its name from...

Dating while autistic: romance isn’t easy when you miss the social cues – and the red flags

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To eight-year-old me, Grease was the perfect romantic movie. Back when going to Video Ezy on a Friday night was an event, I would peruse the aisles, pretending to consider other titles, and inevitably end up with the ...

The Pleasure Garden review – bittersweet musical romance amid the roses

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It is 1850s south London and the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens is in its last decade of offering spectacular public entertainment, including concerts and circus acts. More adventurous types head for the secluded rose-stre...

Sweetheart review – good-natured caravan-park romance

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The holiday romance coming-of-ager is the genre that’s given writer-director Marley Morrison her likable feature debut. And if you thought Ammonite was going to be this year’s only gay love story set in Dorset, think ...

Boy Meets Boy review – walking-and-talking romance never gets anywhere

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Richard Linklater has a lot to answer for. Ever since Before Sunrise, countless indie films have tried to ape the incandescent spirit of that 1995 classic, usually to middling results. Daniel Sanchez Lopez’s Boy Meets...

The River review – Jean Renoir’s ethereal coming-of-age romance

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When I first saw Jean Renoir’s 1951 film 15 years ago, at a retrospective for the director, I found it opaque and elusive, and some of the line readings – from both the children and some of the older cast – seemed sel...

I’m Your Man review – Dan Stevens is the perfect date in android romance

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Directed by Maria Schrader, this was a crowd-pleasing favourite at the Berlin film festival earlier this year and its star, Maren Eggert, won the festival’s new gender-neutral best leading performance prize. But I was...

All Hands on Deck review – fresh and funny French holiday romance

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Here is a terrifically fresh, funny and gentle film from director and co-writer Guillaume Brac, which takes quite seriously something that’s always getting dismissed or patronised in pop culture: the holiday romance. ...

The World to Come review – desire runs deep in slow-burn frontier romance

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“I have become my grief.” So writes Abigail (Katherine Waterston) in the journal that was intended as a ledger for the quotidian details of 1850s US frontier farm life, but turns into a poetic account of her inner tur...

The Game of Love and Chance review – a farcical romance made in Chelsea

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This modern version of Marivaux’s romantic 18th-century comedy has farce rather than nuanced feeling at its centre. Two orange doors gleam brightly underneath the awning of the Arcola’s new outdoor venue and creators ...

Here Comes Your Man review – casual hookup becomes an unlikely romance

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There’s an episodic feeling to Omar Salas Zamora’s gay romance, no doubt because it was originally released in the US as a mini webseries. This structure might have worked well, as Zamora charts the ups and downs of a...

Ali & Ava review – Barnard’s Bradford romance is an understated triumph

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There’s a tremendous human warmth to this love story from writer-director Clio Barnard, a social-realist tale that you might compare to Ken Loach’s Ae Fond Kiss (though Loach might not have made the landlord the good ...

Compartment No 6 review – meet-uncute train romance is a Finnish Before Sunrise

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Despite the bone-chilling cold of its location in Murmansk in Russia’s remote north-west, there’s a wonderful human warmth and humour in this offbeat romantic story of strangers on a train. It comes from Finnish direc...

Romeo and Juliet review – a bold rewiring with no room for romance

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This is not the first major production of Romeo and Juliet in this pandemic year. Simon Godwin set the standard with his exquisite film hybrid and several others have similarly envisaged Verona in a modern landscape. ...

Tell us your stories of summer romance

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For the Guardian series My summer of love, writers have been telling their stories of lust and romance in the sun. Now we would like to hear from our readers. Whether it was a summer fling or an encounter with your so...

‘As a summer fling I proved hard to shake off’: my transatlantic romance

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Most transatlantic romances are, out of necessity, brief: a chance meeting, an expensive visit apiece, followed by an eventual admission of defeat. But this one, begun in the winter of 1990 while I was living in New Y...

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