The top ten unlikely screen romances

Romance blossoms in the most unlikely of places

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As Shakespeare famously wrote in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the course of true love never did run smooth… and that’s when both participants are relatively straightforward sixteenth-century teens. When one of you is a car, a computer or a country, another layer of complexity is added to the courtship process. Time Out’s film writers round up their favourite oddball romances, a list which brings an entirely new definition to the term ‘alternative lifestyle’.

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A Canterbury Tale

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Three loners and the English countryside

Star-crossed lovers no. 1
Land Girl Alison Smith (Sheila Sim), Sergeant Peter Gibbs (Dennis Price), Private Bob Johnson (John Sweet)

Star-crossed lover no. 2
The English countryside

The meet cute
Okay, so we’re slightly out on a limb with this one, but ‘A Canterbury Tale’ truly is a great romance, the tale of how three outwardly self-possessed but inwardly empty loners fall in rapturous love with this green and pleasant land, thanks to the intervention of local magistrate and part-time perverted ‘Glue Man’ Colpeper (Eric Portman).

Happily ever after?
Yes! Each one of our three heroes is rewarded for their devotion with a unique and individual blessing, playing on their specific hopes and dreams for the future – which, we do not doubt, will be golden.

Words of love
‘Well, there’s more way than one of getting close to your ancestors. Follow the old road, and as you walk, think of them and of the old England.’

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