February is the month of valentines. Here are some films that look at love from differing viewpoints: love within a long marriage, love of the land and loyalty to a friend,
love within a family for their treasured past, and love and support for another's creativity and higher purpose.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
The Wife (2107) A portrait of loyalty to a long-term marriage in which the love has turned in the heart of a wife as she travels to Stockholm to see her husband receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. When it opened, it was hailed by critics as a tour de force by all the actors involved. With Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons, Christian Slater, Elizabeth McGovern. 99 min. Rated R, in English.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) with Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup.
A story of love within a family who (like most real families) have big differences that have to be worked out. It's also about supporting those we love in spite of not always understanding them. Another tale of quirky but real characters by Richard Linklater, based on, and adapted from, a book of the same name. 109 min. PG-13, in English.
Summer Hours (2008) A reverie on family love, written & directed by Olivier Assayas, with Juliette Binoche and Charles Berling. Two brothers and a sister cope with the loss of their beloved mother and the disappearance of their childhood memories with her house and its historic family heirlooms. 103 min. Rated approx. PG-13. In French, with subtitles.
Three Burials (of Melquiades Estrada) (2005) The kind of story that John Huston or Sam Peckinpah might have made. Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in a tale of love and loyalty between friends in a land they both love on the US/Mexican border. At heart, it is a film in which one life is honored, and one death is avenged. 121 min. Rated R. In English and Spanish.