The love of a partner is one of the most enriching emotions that a human being can experience. This is why a break-up can sometimes be very difficult both for the person who decides to break up and for the person on whom the break-up is imposed. That is why we suggest 8 movies to watch if you have had a break-up and overcome those difficult moments.
When a relationship ends, many things can go through our minds. Pain, loss of self-esteem, uncertainty and fear of loneliness are all feelings that can arise during the grieving process. But be careful, because sometimes they can lead to depressive disorders. And, as is usually the case in any grieving process, distraction is a very powerful weapon to help us overcome or, at least, forget for a few hours what is distressing us. Cinema, as always, is an infallible tool to help us escape.
Recommended movies to help you get over a break-up
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
When Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) is dumped by his girlfriend, TV star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), he decides to travel to Hawaii to get over the break-up. When he arrives at his destination, Peter discovers, to his horror, that his ex-girlfriend and her new partner are staying in the same hotel. Paso de ti is not a masterpiece of cinema, nor does it pretend to be, but it more than fulfils its objective of entertaining and making us believe in second chances and the recovery of self-esteem. Undoubtedly, one of those films recommended if you have just broken up with your partner.
The War of the Roses (1989)
This is an excellent comedy full of black humour that tells the story of a war between two spouses. Oliver and Barbara are, on the surface, an idyllic marriage that has managed to hold its own over the years through thick and thin. One day, however, Barbara decides to put an end to their relationship. A bitter struggle for control of the family home begins and neither of them is willing to give up. Danny De Vito successfully directs the leading duo of Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in this adaptation of Warren Adler’s novel of the same name. The War of the Roses is a film that excellently captures the process of conflict between people.
The First Wives Club (1996), one of the recommended movies for overcoming a break-up
A woman’s funeral after being abandoned by her husband for a younger woman is the point of reunion for her three friends in New York. Three mature women decide to form a club with a single goal: to get revenge on their ex-husbands. An amusing comedy to face a divorce with good humour.
How to be Single (2016)
Because staying single is just another option, neither better nor worse than others. This film focuses on human relationships, specifically on the world of singleness. Alice (Dakota Johnson) has just broken up with her boyfriend. When she finds herself single again, she is guided by her friend Robin (Rebel Wilson), an expert in New York partying. How to be Single is a film full of women who are in control of their decisions and who, with their uncertainties, their disappointments and their illusions, manage to chart their own path. Sometimes with someone, sometimes alone.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Cal Weaver’s (Steve Carrell) seemingly perfect life is shaken when his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), confesses to him that she has been unfaithful and wants a divorce. Completely discouraged, the protagonist decides to drown his sorrows in alcohol and it is precisely there, in a pub, where he meets a born seducer, a young man played by Ryan Gosling who decides to teach him his techniques and help him transform himself into a self-confident man. Crazy, Stupid, Love is entertaining and refreshing. A delightful comedy to lift your spirits in tough times.
Silver linings Playbook (2012)
Pat (Bradley Cooper) is released from a psychiatric hospital after eight months in hospital for assaulting his wife’s lover. Determined to win her back, he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who decides to help him if he agrees to take part in a dance contest with her. Directed by David O. Russell, The Bright Side of Things won an Oscar for Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence).
Originally conceived as a play,Closer is a heartbreaking crossroads between two couples, telling the darkest underbelly of relationships. As real as it is accurate, Mike Nichols directs a story of lies, passion and frustrations between four people Dan (Jude Law), Alice (Natalie Portman), Anna (Julia Roberts) and Larry (Clive Owen) who meet by chance. Note the excellent music composed by Damien Rice. It does not disappoint.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (2004)
What would happen if the world had a device that could erase from our memory those events that we don’t want to remember? This is precisely the question posed in this film. Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) are an idyllic couple who end up separating. When Joel discovers that Clementine has had all memories of their relationship erased from his memory, he tries to do the same. However, Joel, from the depths of his brain, will try to stop the process and save his memories. The film, considered a cult film by many viewers, is an ode to relationships and the weight that memories have on them. It is well worth seeing if only for the philosophical question it raises: would we really be willing to erase our memories?.
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