Silver Linings Playbook to The Shape of Water: 10 atypical romantic dramas to reinforce your faith in the genre

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Not all romantic dramas need to have a bad boy, a girl-next-door and the conventional and cheesy meet-cute. There’s a thing called ‘pushing the envelope’ and these ten movies do exactly that…

Valentine’s Day fever is here and people are generally on the lookout for romantic movies to binge-watch with their loved ones during the season. But not all of us are big fans of the usual, soppy flicks that the audience tends to associate with the genre. Some of us actually like pushing the envelope and are delighted when a film tries to subvert the genre in subtle or a big way. Change is not always a bad thing. So, if you are one of those who would like to try something unconventional for your romantic palate, then this list is for you…..

It would be hard to develop a listicle of atypical romantic dramas without including David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. The 2012 movie, which won America’s sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence her first Oscar, is a story about love, mental illness, and relationships. Lead stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s chemistry crackle and burn the screen, as Jennifer’s character Tiffany Maxwell (a young widow) matches steps with Cooper’s Pat.

Pat suffers from bipolar disorder. After getting back on his own two feet, he is determined to win the love of his estranged wife. Enter Tiffany, who says she would help him get back his wife if he helps her win a dance competition. And of course, Tiffany has her own issues to deal with, which makes the relationship that she shares with Pat all the more complicated. What ensues is moments of grief and laughter. Deliciously real.

The film has been adapted from Matthew Quick’s novel of the same name…..

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