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As Time Goes By: Love Stories, like One Day, that Endure the Test of Time
Posted June 29, 2011 to photo album "As Time Goes By: Love Stories, like One Day, that Endure the Test of Time"
One Day tells the two-decade story of Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dex (Jim Sturgess). Like other films, from When Harry Met Sally to Brokeback Mountain, One Day recognizes how our relationships change and deepen over time. We look at 10 other great films of loves that go on.
In the early 2000s, there seemed to be a trend of filmmakers challenging the audience by having their movies play out in reverse. Christopher Nolan's Memento kicked things off, while Gaspar Noé's harrowing Irreversible followed in its footsteps shortly afterwards. In 2004, the innovative enfant terrible of French cinema, Swimming Pool director François Ozon, used this narrative conceit to extremely poignant effect in 5x2. Ozon's movie breaks down the relationship between married couple Gilles (Stéphane Freiss) and Marion (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) into five chapters, starting from when they meet to sign divorce papers at their lawyer's office and progressing back to the moment at which they first fall in love. It is a cruel irony that a film about such a fundamentally sad subject as a failed marriage should have a “happy ending.” “When a love affair comes to an end and you reflect back on it, you concentrate essentially on the most recent events, those that culminated in the break-up,” said Ozon, discussing the film. “So starting at the end and working gradually backwards to the first encounter seemed like a good way of attaining a true, lucid reading of a couple's story. As we go back in time, the form becomes lighter, almost idealized. I wanted the audience to see the range of different emotions two people experience in the course of their life together: indifference, disgust, dread, jealousy, rivalry, closeness, attraction… I also wanted each episode to reflect a different style of cinema. ...On set, my joke was: 'We're starting with Bergman, we'll end with Lelouch.'” Interestingly, the French DVD release of the film offers an alternate version of the film, 2x5,which inverts the order of the events, with the additional reinstatement of some scenes deleted from 5x2.