Valentine’s Day can be enjoyed however you like. Some couples go out for dinner, others go for a walk, or on a romantic getaway… but this year most of us will be staying at home. The perfect plan? Cuddle up on the sofa with a blanket and film… and wine… or a cocktail! But what film? Let’s look at some of the best romantic films to watch while we drink our favourite drink with our favourite person. Today we’ve prepared some pairing suggestions for you so that on the most romantic evening of the year you can enjoy the perfect pairing of film and wine.
Lost in Translation
In this beautifully directed film by Sofia Coppola, a lonely movie star named Bob Harris and a newlywed, Charlotte, meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to shoot a commercial for Japanese whisky; Charlotte accompanies her husband, a celebrity photographer. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find an escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright lights of Tokyo after a chance meeting in the quiet hotel bar. In the few days they spend together they form a bond as unlikely as it is sincere and meaningful. This story of love and heartbreak should of course be accompanied by a good whisky. If it’s Japanese, all the better.
Eat, Pray, Love
Liz Gilbert has it all: a husband, a house and a successful career. But, like so many others, she finds herself lost, confused and searching for what she really wants in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone and risks everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. On her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of eating food in Italy; the power of prayer in India and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. As part of the story is set in Italy, it is a great opportunity to enjoy this romantic story with your partner with a fine Italian wine this Valentine’s Day.
Let’s switch to something lighter with this 2000 film, a light and funny romantic comedy that tells the story of a small-town girl who moves to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter. Violet gets a temporary job as a waitress at a nightclub called Coyote Ugly. This wacky, hip bar is at the centre of the film, the new hot spot in town where the employees are a team of sexy, witty women who provoke the clientele and the press with their wild antics. Coyote Ugly marked a generation by engraving in the collective imagination what a good bar should be: a fun, messy and youthful place. A perfect Valentine’s Day film to enjoy with good cocktails, shots or beer.
Paris je t’aime
This film revolves around one of the most glorified romantic ideas of our kind: Paris and love. Paris je t’aime is a story divided into 20 interconnected short stories. Each separate story deals with one aspect of love and human relationships, the total set offers a broader view of the meaning of love. Naturally, we recommend you watch this film while enjoying French wine by candlelight.
Malcom & Marie
The story of this film begins when a film director returns home with his girlfriend after the premiere of a film, awaiting imminent financial and critical success. The evening takes a sudden turn when revelations about their relationship begin to surface, testing the strength of the couple’s love. An intimate, carefully crafted romantic drama featuring Zendaya, the artist of the moment and star of the series Euphoria. The sober, black and white tone will go well with a nice vodka-based Black Russian cocktail.
Translated by Chelsea Cummings from Raúl Pérez’ original Spanish text.