Romance

Romance

If your love for love films can sometimes fade, for want of something fresh or a deeper insight, OVID can promise you original, distinctive returns to beauty, passion, the forbidden, mad misunderstandings, and stolen intimacies.

From Jaqueline’s Audry’s great (and recently rediscovered and restored) 1950 French boarding school drama OLIVIA, to Deny Arcand’s 1986 Academy-Award nominated hit THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE, up to the high school rom-com LOL (Laughing Out Loud), starring Sophie Marceau, and including the worlds of surrogacy, prostitution, LBGTQ lives, and many others, here’s to love, in all its forms!

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  • Lolita

    Directed by Adrian Lyne • Drama • With Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella • 1997 • 137 minutes

    Humbert, a brilliant professor of French literature in New England, rents a room from a lonely widow, Charlotte, who falls in love with him. She is a giddy and talkative la...

  • The Days to Come

    Directed by Carlos Marqués-Marcet • Drama • With Maria Rodríguez Soto, David Verdaguer • 2019 • 102 minutes

    Vir and Lluis have been dating for just a year, when they find out they are "pregnant". During 9 months, we will follow the adventure of this young couple from Barcelona, the great truth i...

  • The Deep Blue Sea

    Directed by Terrence Davies • Drama • With Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston • 2012 • 98 minutes

    In The Deep Blue Sea, Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply ...

  • The Lover

    Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud • Drama • With Tony Leung, Jane March, Melvil Poulpaud, Jeanne Moreau • 1992 • 112 minutes

    Set in 1920s colonial Indochina, a pretty, virginal French teenager (Jane March) meets a handsome Chinese playboy (Tony Leung Ka Fai) from a respectable family. Going agains...

  • Fidelio

    Directed by Lucie Borleteau • Drama • With Ariane Labed, Melvil Poupaud, Anders Danielsen Lie, Pascal Tagnati, Jean-Lous Coulloc'h • 2014 • 97 minutes

    Thirty-year-old Alice is a sailor about to embark on a journey she will not soon forget. Leaving her fiancé Félix ashore, she joins the crew of a...

  • Fasten Your Seatbelts

    Directed by Ferzan Özpetek • Drama • With Kasia Smutniak, Francesco Arca, Filippo Scicchitano • 2014 • 111 minutes

    Elena and Antonio are not made for one another, having made vastly different personalities and life choices. They see the world differently, they relate differently to others, they ...

  • Special Treatment

    Directed by Jeanne Labrune • Drama • With Isabelle Huppert, Bouli Lanners, Richard Debusne, Sabla Moussadek, Valerie Dreville • 2010 • 95 minutes

    In this darkly erotic drama from cult filmmaker Jeanne Labrune, Isabelle Huppert (8 Women, Merci Pour le Chocolat, La Cérémonie, The Piano Teacher, La...

  • La Petite Lili

    Directed by Claude Miller • Drama • With Ludivine Sagnier, Nicole Garcia, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Robinson Stévenin, Julie Depardieu, Yves Jacques, Michel Piccoli. • 2003 • 100 minutes

    Ludivine Sagnier stars as Lili, the love and muse of an idealistic young filmmaker in this mod...

  • Run For Love

    Directed by Zhang Yibai, Guan Hu, Zhang Meng, Teng Huatao, Gao Qunshu • Drama • With Eddie Peng, Zhang Ziyi, Tong Liya, Michelle Chen • 2016 • 137 minutes

    Five stories of love connected through happiness, heartache, loss and triumph, Run For Love is a travelogue of couples connecting around the ...

  • School for Love

    Directed by Marc Allégret • Drama • With Jean Marais, Brigitte Bardot, Isabelle Pia, Yves Robert • 1955 • 96 minutes

    Brigitte Bardot was only 20 when she starred in this adaptation of a 1920 Vicki Baum novel. She’s Sophie, one of a platoon of young music conservatory students in postwar Vienna, ...

  • The Decline of the American Empire

    Directed by Denys Arcand • Drama • With Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal • 1986 • 101 minutes

    When a Montreal professor (Rémy Girard) and his wife (Dorothée Berryman) gather six of their erudite friends for a holiday in the country, the conversation naturally turns to sex. The ...

  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    Directed by Marc Allégret • Drama • With Danielle Darrieux, Leo Genn, Erno Crisa, Jean Murat • 1955 • 100 minutes

    This is the first film of D.H. Lawrence’s controversial novel, which premiered in 1955, five years before the uncensored novel even appeared in print in the UK. Danielle Darrieux (in...

  • Le Navire Night

    Directed by Marguerite Duras • Drama • With Bulle Ogier, Dominique Sanda, Mathieu Carrière • 1979 • 90 minutes

    With LE NAVIRE NIGHT, writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras (L'Amant, India Song) explores the matrix of love, desire and language in her characteristically oblique and experimental sty...

  • Devil in the Flesh

    Directed by Marco Bellocchio • Drama • With Maruschka Detmers • 1986 • 109 minutes

    One of the most controversial Italians films of the '80s, DEVIL IN THE FLESH takes Raymond Radiguet's classic novel and updates it to modern times. Dealing with the legacy of Italy's "leaden years" and the afterma...

  • Aimee and Jaguar

    Directed by Max Färberböck • Drama • With Juliane Köhler, Maria Schrader • 1999 • 125 minutes

    In 1943, while the Allies are bombing Berlin and the Gestapo is purging the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women. One of them, Lilly Wust (NOWHERE IN AFRICA’s Juliane Köhl...

  • A Game for Six Lovers (L’eau à la bouche)

    Directed by Jacques Doniol-Valcroze • Drama • With Bernadette Lafont, Françoise Brion • 1960 • 84 minutes

    One of the founders of the epochal film magazine Cahiers du cinema, and therefore a prime mover of the French New Wave, Doniol-Valcroze joined all the upstart critics making films in the lat...

  • Julietta

    Directed by Marc Allégret • Drama • With Jean Marais, Dany Robin, Jeanne Moreau • 1953 • 97 minutes

    JULIETTA is a romantic comedy with the whimsical energy of a hummingbird. Dany Robin stars as the eponymous demoiselle, a flighty, impulsive pixie in white gloves who is engaged to an older prince...

  • This is Cristina

    Directed by Gonzalo Maza • Drama • With Mariana Derderián, Paloma Salas • 2018 • 82 minutes

    Frances Ha is called Cristina in this Chilean generational comedy produced by Salma Hayek and directed by Gonzalo Maza, screenwriter of A Fantastic Woman and Gloria. Maza is renowned as one of the great s...

  • The Names of Love

    Directed by Michel Leclerc • Drama • With Sara Forestier • 2011 • 102 minutes

    Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal, lives by the old hippie slogan: “Make love, not war” to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has rec...

  • LOL (Laughing Out Loud)

    Directed by Lisa Azuelos • Drama • With Sophie Marceau, Christa Théret, Jérémy Kapone • 2008 • 103 minutes

    When Lola's boyfriend is unfaithful to her on his summer holiday, she dumps him and flirts with his best friend as punishment. But as their class prepares to leave on an excursion to London...

  • Ricordi?

    Directed by Valerio Mieli • Drama • With Luca Marinelli, Linda Caridi, Giovanni Anzaldo, Camilla Diana • 2019 • 107 minutes

    A love story, seen through the memories of one young couple: recollections altered by moods, different perspectives, and time itself. A journey through the years of two ind...

  • Come Undone

    Directed by Sebastien Lifshitz • Drama • With Jeremie Elklaim, Stephane Rideau, Marie Matheron, Dominique Reymond • 2000 • 97 minutes

    The sensual gay classic Come Undone explores a young man's homosexual awakening and the turbulence of first love in a small French seaside town.

    Mathieu, a quiet...

  • Party Girl

    Directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis • Drama • With Angélique Litzenburger, Joseph Bour, Mario Theis, Samuel Theis, Séverine Litzenburger, Cynthia Litzenburger • 2014 • 95 minutes

    Angelique is a 60-year-old bar hostess in a cabaret located near the border between France and...

  • Blind

    Directed by Eskil Vogt • Drama • With Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali • 2015 • 96 minutes

    Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Pettersen) is a woman contending with the loss of vision. In trying to navigate a world without sight, she spends her days attempting to reconstruct the visual worl...