Updated: Feb 15
Happy Valentines from all of us at Mor Media! Love is in the air and we decided to share some of our favourite romances to celebrate. ❤️
First up, our social media intern Farida named Richard Linklater's Before trilogy as her favourite on-screen romance, and it isn't hard to see why. The films have drawn a large cult fanbase for countless reasons: namely the lowkey dialogue-driven nature and gorgeous European backdrop. However, as the later films were released (each nine years apart) the slow growth of its lead couple drew adoration. The ups and downs of Celine and Jesse's relationship feel raw and true to life, leaving their romance all the more beautiful to watch develop.
Our business manager Sally and business assistant Rupert both named 'Star Wars' as featuring their favourite on-screen love story. I assume that they meant the iconic pairing of Han Solo and Princess Leia, the original 'we're-kinda-enemies to lovers'.
Han and Leia strike a chord because they don't fall for each other at first sight. There is obvious and immediate chemistry between them, but both are so frustrated with each other at all times that they don't take a breath to stop and truly pay attention to the real feelings lying underneath. It's a tried and true dynamic and we fall for it every damn time.
As for myself, a self-admitted romance obsessive, it's a bit difficult to pick a favourite. If I was held at gunpoint, I would have to pick Park Chan Wook's The Handmaiden. While its meandering and mind-bending thriller narrative is captivating, what truly elevates Park's film is the sapphic romance at its centre. The beautiful romance between Hideko and Sook-Hee is truly one for the ages. Both save each other from their individual situation, and while the film is filled with eroticism, their intimate scenes and lesbian romance are treated with the respect and delicate touch that Park is so known for.
What are your favourite romance stories? Let us know below, we're always looking for recommendations!