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Hollywood films on long-distance relationships

The present pandemic must have resulted in partners being separated from each other. If staying separate means being safe then it’s wise to choose that option. And, as they say, distance makes the hearts grow warmer. Stay safe and use your smartphones and laptops to stay in touch with your special someone during these dire times if circumstances have forced you apart. Hollywood has time and again made films reflecting the various scenarios occurring in a long-distance relationship. Here’s a list of them to help you tide over these turbulent times. 

Forget Paris (1995)

Forget Paris

Directed, co-written by and starring Billy Crystal and Debra Winger, Forget Paris is a film about work commitments often get in the way of marriage. Billy Crystal plays a basketball referee who meets an airline employee Debra Wenger working in Paris and falls in love with her. She comes to America to be with him and after marriage, they settle down in Los Angeles. She doesn’t like him being on the road all the time so he takes a one year leave of absence. He hates it when busy climbing the corporate ladder, she’s forever at her job. Plus he had to take care of her senile father. They start bickering again and Debra goes back to Paris, leaving them to maintain a long-distance marriage. Both start to feel miserable. Billy can’t take it anymore and wants to run away to find her before the start of a game. But he spots her at the stadium and the duo kiss and makeup.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Forget Paris

Mathilde (Audrey Tautou) is still awaiting the return of her fiancé, Manech (Gaspard Ulliel) in 1919, despite the war having ended. She has been told he was killed on the battlefield at the Somme but refuses to believe he’s dead because she didn’t feel his passing away. She launches her own investigation into finding him and to prove the official story wrong and along the way learns first hand about the horrors of war young men of her generation were subjected to. As she gathers the clues, it becomes clear that Manech was left to wander in the No-Man’s-Land between the French and German trenches as a punishment towards self-mutilation. She keeps on searching for him, however, and doesn’t give up. When she eventually finds him, it transpires that he suffers from amnesia.

The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

Forget Paris

Directed by Robert Schwentke, the film is based on Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 novel of the same name. Henry (Eric Bana) suffers from a paranormal genetic disorder which allows him to time travel, though he has limited control over it. He meets Clare (Rachel McAdams) during one of his travels and she informs him that he has been meeting her since her childhood. They begin a relationship but his random time travelling comes in the way of their relationship. Things get further complicated by the fact that genes cause their unborn children to time travel, resulting in miscarriages. She does conceive and their daughter, while being a time traveller herself, has better control over her ability. He dies when the daughter turns five, though a much younger version of him visits his wife and child some years later. While everyone is delighted with the reunion, Henry tells them to accept death’s finality and accept this visit as perhaps being his last.

Going The Distance (2010)

Forget Paris

Garrett (Justin Long) and Erin (Drew Barrymore) meet in a bar in New York. She’s an intern who must return to San Francisco after some weeks. They hit it off instantly and later hook up. They kind of like each other very much so Erin extends her stay. They decide to have a long-distance relationship and often surprise each other with visits. Things go smoothly for a while but then work pressures and jealousy takes it toll. They keep having an on-again, off-again kind of a relationship before Garrett decides to move closer to her in Los Angeles only a few hours away from San Francisco. The couple has a teary-eyed reunion and decides to give their relationship another chance.  

Like Crazy (2011)

Forget Paris

The film is said to be based on director Drake Doremus’ own long-distance relationship when he was living in LA and was seeing a woman living in London. British exchange student Anna (Felicity Jones) and falls in love with Jacob (Anton Yelchin) while they are studying in Los Angeles. She extends her stay in America without extending her visa and as a result is denied entry to the US when she applies for it next year. He flies to meet her and the duo decide to marry. But her appeal to get a US visa is rejected and Jacob flies back alone and even rekindles a relationship with a colleague. Anna too begins seeing someone. She gets promoted at her job and is offered a new visa. She flies to the US and the couple recall the happier times and decides to sort out the differences and give their relationship another chance.