If we sat down to count the number of romantic films on our hands, we’d run out of fingers before we even got started. However, the number of films that talk about love without being cheesy (and occasionally, downright annoying) are few and far between. Romantic movies that can turn a cynic into a believer? That number’s just down right abysmal! But once in a while, there comes along a gem that can melt even the coldest of hearts. And if we’re lucky, it’ll be in the form of a short film. After all, is there anything better than a beautiful film that only needs a few minutes to make an impact? We don’t think so. If you agree with us, here are 5 short films that will restore your faith in love:
Il Tour di Davide
Il Tour di Davide is not a hard-hitting film that will shatter your concept of romance. What it is, however, is a delightful romantic film set in the stunning backdrop of Rome. In the 11-minute short film, a tour guide named David takes us through the city, showing us the famous landmarks that all link back to his heartbreak. The result is a charming short film that speaks of the universality of love, and it’s ability to overcome cultural and linguistic barriers!
This Is When We Met
A lot of films and TV shows have attempted to show us the course of a relationship, from start to finish. Films like (500) Days of Summer and shows like A to Z have even succeeded to a certain extent. However, all their achievements pale in comparison to This Is When We Met. The charming 3-minute short shows us the various sides of a relationship in a way that no one else has. From the happy beginning to the not-so-happy ending, this film has something everyone can relate to.
It’s rare for fashion films to incorporate substance while maintaining style. But if there’s one brand that’s managed to strike the balance, it’s Free People. Roshambo follows a whirlwind romance between a touring band member and a free-spirited young woman. The couple indulge in games of Roshambo (also known as rock-paper-scissors) in hopes of holding on to their time together. What follows is a short film that will make you smile until your face hurts. This is one for all the hopeless romantics out there!
If there’s one filmmaker who knows how to make romance work, it’s Spike Jonze. After Her, no one can doubt that. Just like his Oscar-winning film, I’m Here tugs at your heartstrings until happiness and melancholia blend together, leaving behind a warm and fuzzy feeling. The film follows Sheldon, a lonely robot, whose life is turned upside down when he falls in love. With its breathtaking cinematography, remarkable screenplay and beautiful simplicity, this film will leave an indelible mark on your mind.
Josephine and the Roach
If there’s one film that you shouldn’t judge at first glance, it’s Josephine and the Roach. A roach and a woman… That doesn’t sound like it could possibly be romantic, right? But Roach, which combines CGI and live action, is a delightfully odd story that makes insects the heroes instead of the villains! Our protagonist’s quest to free Josephine from her loveless marriage to an exterminator is riveting and delightful. You will be hard-pressed to keep the smile off your face long after you’ve watched this film!