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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  • 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 ...

  • 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 (Marco Bellocchio)

    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...

  • 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...

  • Artists and Love (2 Seasons)

    2 seasons

    From Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, ARTISTS & LOVE delves into the tumultuous romantic and creative partnerships that shaped some of the towering figures of modern art. Over the course of two seasons, directors Stéphanie Colaux and Delphine Deloget chronicl...

  • On the French Riviera with Man Ray and Picasso

    Directed by François Lévy-Kuentz • Documentary • 2021 • 53 minutes

    A group of friends meet up in the country to spend the summer together. They go to the beach, play cards, and take day trips in the surrounding region. But these aren’t everyday city folk on vacation. The hosts are Pablo Picasso ...

  • Live Nude Girls Unite!

    Directed by Vicky Funari & Julia Query • Documentary • With Julia Query, Siobhan Brooks, Kristina, Ellen, Star, Joyce Wallace • 2000 • 70 minutes

    Winner of the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Live Nude Girls Unite! is "a partisan tale from the inside" (Boston Pho...

  • Do Communists Have Better Sex?

    Directed by André Meier • Documentary • 2006 • 52 minutes

    This is about sex. About sex in Germany and who, on which side of the Iron Curtain, was better at it. At the end of the Second World War, Germans shared the same culture, lifestyle, morals. But four decades later, everything had changed. ...

  • Double Life, a Short History of Sex in the USSR

    Directed by Ināra Kolmane • Documentary • 2017 • 52 minutes

    The October Revolution ushered in an era of sexual freedom and liberation from bourgeois conventions. Satisfying sexual needs had to be "as simple as drinking a glass of water," according to feminist Alexandra Kollontai who was at the f...

  • How to Lose Your Virginity

    Directed by Therese Shechter • Documentary • 2013 • 66 minutes

    Female virginity. The US government has spent 1.5 billion dollars promoting it. It has fetched $750,000 at auction. There is no official medical definition for it. And 50 years after the sexual revolution, it continues to define youn...

  • Inside Her Sex

    Directed by Sheona McDonald • Documentary • With Samantha Allen, Elle Chase, Candida Royalle • 2015 • 69 minutes

    While we live in a highly sexualized society, the messaging around female sexuality is distorted and rife with shame. What women should look like, who women should want, what women sh...

  • Bettie Page Reveals All

    Directed by Mark Mori • Documentary • With Bettie Page, Hugh Heffner, Dita Von Teese • 2013 • 101 minutes

    Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori’s Bettie Page Reveals All is an intimate look at one of the world’s most recognized sex symbols, told in her own words for the first time. In Mori...

  • Faith Love Desire

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    Intimate beliefs as told by practicing Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists from six countries.

    Eros: divine gift or diabolical power? Throughout the ages all religions have striven to regiment people’s sex lives and to steer them into orderly channels, to avoid excesses and reign in ...

  • I Like Girls

    Directed by Diane Obomsawin • Animation • 2016 • 8 minutes

    First love is an intoxicating experience, but with it can come excruciating awkwardness, unrequited emotions, and confusing issues of identity. In her trademark playful style, Quebec cartoonist and animator Diane Obomsawin, a.k.a. Obom, ...

  • The Naked Screen

    Directed by Florence Jaugey • Drama • With Oscar Sinela, Paola Baldión, Roberto Guillén • 2014 • 93 minutes

    A cautionary tale about sex, technology, and public shaming set in a Nicaraguan town, Florence Jaugey’s The Naked Screen is a thought-provoking portrait of young people growing up in an in...

  • Sebastiane

    Directed by Derek Jarman • Drama • With Leonard Treviglio, Barney James, Richard Warwick, Neil Kennedy • 2012 • 85 minutes

    Derek Jarman's (Caravaggio) feature film debut (co-directing with Paul Humfress), Sebastiane is a "one of a kind" (Time Out London) historical drama which lays bare the lat...