Romance Between Friends

A scene from Lost In Translation about intimacy between friends and the desire for more. Have you experienced a romantic friendship?

Lost in Translation is a movie about falling in love while traveling in a foreign country.

In this scene, Charlotte & Bob are in a karaoke bar with Charlotte’s friend Charlie and his friends. After Charlotte sings Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders, Bob sings More Than This by Roxy Music. When singing the lyrics “More than this, you know there’s nothing…” he catches Charlotte’s gaze. She turns away with a shy smile. In the next shot, Bob completes the lyric with another “more than this”. This time, she doesn’t turn away. She wades in the love between them.

The scene starts at 00:49:42 in the movie.

Finding Soulmates with AI

A scene from Black Mirror about what it looks like to encounter a soulmate for the first time. Would you use artificial intelligence to find a soulmate?

The Hang the DJ episode in season four of Black Mirror is about finding love in a world run by advanced dating applications.

In this scene, Amy and Frank are looking for each other in a bar after AI-versions of themselves successfully complete 998 of 1,000 dating simulations. Amy studies the dating app on her phone with a picture of Frank. She spots him across the bar doing the same. They make the connection and smile. Then they’re somewhat stunned, trying to figure this connection out. A knowingness is felt, like the love the AI-versions of themselves felt in the simulation. After an infinite gaze, Amy walks toward him with another smile.

The scene starts at 00:49:34 in the episode.

Ending the Love Chase

A scene from Mud about letting go of someone you love to live well

Mud is a movie about chasing the love of your life at all costs.

In my favorite scene, Juniper is standing outside her motel room smoking a cigarette. From the distance, Mud steps out from behind a large pole in an adjacent lot. She sees him and they meet eyes. He lifts his hand slowly, saying hello and farewell in the same motion. She lifts her hand from the walkway rail and shrugs her shoulder to say sorry, I can’t give you what you want. Her eyes water. Mud turns to walk away. She wipes her eyes, relieved. Not for herself, but for Mud because he is free of what caused him to become a criminal: chasing her.

The scene starts at 01:49:20 in the movie.