Director Drake Doremus is very modest and unassuming, and he’ll be the last to say that his latest film, Like Crazy, represents one of the best love stories you’ll see on screen all year — which is why we’re here to say it for him. Like Crazy destroyed audiences back at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where it took home the fest’s top Grand Jury honors, followed by an intense bidding war that ended in Paramount’s favor. Now, with awards season heating up, the studio is finally releasing the movie this weekend, and if you don’t figure out a way to see it you’ll be missing out on one of this year’s best. It’s tremendous in so many ways; a raw, honest look at what it’s like to be in a long distance relationship, with fantastic performances from Anton Yelchin and a girl you’re destined to hear a lot more from, Felicity Jones.
Many of you will relate to this film in ways you may not feel comfortable sharing or feeling, but that’s why it’s such a great piece of entertainment. Films that crawl up inside our very personal spaces are extremely hard to pull off, because more often than not everything is ruined with a fart joke or sight gag or some cliche we’ve seen a million times before. Like Crazy avoids all that. It’s a film that kind of falls in love with its characters as they fall in love with each other, and subsequently we can’t help but fall in love with the whole package.
Movies.com sat down with director Drake Doremus to talk about his best work to date, and during that conversation he gave us his six favorite on-screen romances of all time. Ever wonder which love stories the people behind the love stories adore? Read on to find out …
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – “I definitely have to start with this one. As far as our generation is concerned, I really do believe that it’s such a quintessential film, and explores the feelings of exactly what [love] feels like. That movie just defines romance for a generation, at least for me.”
2. “Breaking the Waves is one of my favorite romances of all time. As far as a tragic love story goes, it’s probably the most tragic ever. It makes me feel uncomfortable every time I watch it because it’s so real and so genuine, and the performances are so profound.”
3. “A Place in the Sun from 1951, with Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. It’s such a heartbreaking story about always wanting something that you can’t have, and that movie just breaks my heart. It’s a great love story.”
4. “Head-On is definitely one of my favorite love stories of all time, from Fatih Akin. That is one of the most unique, refreshing, catch-you-off-guard directorial efforts I’ve ever seen. It just bowled me over when I first saw it – it’s inspiring. It’s a love story that catches you off guard; where you don’t know who you’re rooting for. So heartbreaking!”
5. “And finally, I’m torn between going with a Sydney Pollack movie and Punch-Drunk Love, so I’ll just mention them both. First I have to go with Punch-Drunk Love because of its sheer hopefulness and romantic quality. It’s so pure; such pure love. It’s not cynical whatsoever, and that’s inspiring and hopeful, and I think the world needs more of that.”
“And then I’d just go with a classic, which is Out of Africa. Sydney Pollack’s film is sort of a benchmark for how far we can go with emotion, and how deep and epic love stories can be. In a way it’s inspired me to make things more cinematic, and to keep pushing things further.”
Look for the rest of our chat with Doremus later this week.