These films are unusual love movies – they tell the story of the awkward, the dysfunctional and the unusual.
Eagle Vs Shark
New Zealand film Eagle Vs Shark is the story of Lily, a cashier at a fast food restaurant, and Jarrod, who works in a video store. These two awkward misfits unexpectedly find romance together after Jarrod invites her to a “dress as your favourite animal” party. This comedy follows them as they travel to Jarrod’s hometown so he can kill a man who used to bully him. Humourous and charming, Eagle Vs Shark shows that anybody can find love.
Me, You and Everyone we Know
This film stars Miranda July and is her directing debut. Shoe salesman Richard and taxi driver for the elderly/performance artist Christine begin a romance after Richard and his wife break up. The film shows not only the relationship between the adults but also of the children – Richard’s six year old son is having a naively obscene internet relationship, whilst his teenage son is being used by the neighbourhood girls who want to practise adult relationships.
Annie Hall is a romantic comedy directed and starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. The film follows the theme of complicated relationships and how everybody needs someone, regardless of the pain it causes. Alvy (Allen) and Annie (Keaton) are struggling with their dysfunctional relationship and realise that their differences cannot be worked out. The film has flashbacks to previous moments of their relationships as Alvy tries to work out what went wrong.
Garden State stars Zach Braff as Andrew and Natalie Portman as Sam, troubled individuals who find solace in each other. Andrew returns to his hometown after the death of his mother and meets Sam, an epileptic pathological liar. They both know that they have little time together as he plans on returning to LA.
Lee (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a socially awkward girl who has recently been released from hospital after having self-harmed, has been employed as a secretary by Mr Grey (James Spader) and she begins a relationship with co-worker Peter. However, Lee and Grey begin a relationship which is inspired by his arousal of her submissiveness.
500 Days of Summer
The tagline for this film is “Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t”. 500 Days of Summer follows the relationship of Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Summer doesn’t believe in love whereas Tom has fallen for her completely. The film skips between different times, showing both the present and glimpses of the past, as the audience is shown the events that have happened in their impossible relationship.