Top 10 Offbeat Romances

Picture this: Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in a car together. Falling in love. Scoff you might, except that’s what we get in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, a madcap dramatic comedy that locks those two odd birds in a cage together to see what happens. It’s something cinema loves to do, as this lot are here to prove…

1. Lars and the Real Girl (Craig Gillespie, 2007)
Before he buffed up as a cruiser of the mean streets in Drive, Ryan Gosling got up close and personal with a life-sized doll in this kooky drama. Arriving in a big coffin-shaped box, anatomically correct sex doll Bianca is Lars’s first, um, ‘real’ girlfriend. Hey, it’s a lifestyle choice and who are we to judge?

2. Harold & Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)
What’s a teenager to do? Young Harold (Bud Cort) is obsessed with death, but he soon gets very interested in life when he comes across sprightly OAP Maude (Ruth Gordon). Though the age difference is cavernous, these two strike up one of cinema’s most interesting (and unusual) romances. Genuinely moving.

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Last Night (2010)

“This is a really bad connection,” says Joanna (Keira Knightley). “I know,” responds husband Michael (Sam Worthington). They’re talking about a phone link, but the exchange also nods to the sticky subtext of their rocky marriage, which is put to the test in this absorbing, slow-drip deep-thinker that’s obsessed with that most infuriating of questions, ‘What if?’

During a night out at a work party, Jo meets Michael’s attractive co-worker Laura (Eva Mendes) and suspects there’s something going on between them. Then, when Michael’s out of town on business with Laura, Jo bumps into old flame Alex (Guillaume Canet), and finds herself seriously tempted.

Ebbing with an affecting melancholy, Last Night offers Knightley her most grown-up role to date, the actress’ recent forays into theatre evident in her impressively layered performance. Mendes, meanwhile, is nothing short of mesmeric – when she’s in a room alone with crush-object Worthington, Last Night becomes electric with tension. As inactivity sashays ever-closer to devastating activity, writer Massy Tadjedin’s directorial debut takes on a quiet power that will speak to anybody who’s been tempted while in a relationship. True, Last Night’s dreamy pacing may prove too languorous for some, but as an intimate, thoughtful examination of relationships, it’s hauntingly effective. 3/5

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