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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Man, woman and car love triangle

Star-crossed lover no. 1
James Ballard (James Spader)

Star-crossed lover no. 2
Catherine Ballard (Deborah Kara Unger)

The meet cute
A married couple in an open relationship, the Ballards are going through a rough patch when a car accident inspires a very unique fetish. After a series of affairs with both women and men, James brings his own wife to the party and their shared passion for impact scenarios brings new life to their relationship.

Happily ever after?
Presumably, although the ending implies that the logical conclusion to their fetish may be death.

Words of love
‘The car crash is a fertilizing rather than a destructive event.’

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