As promised, I’ve got a surprise for you this weekend! (Another one is on the way for tomorrow). For my new Saturday topic, I’d like to introduce you to a top five list of movies based on various themes, genres, and performers.
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As a starting point, let me introduce you to polyamory, which is a topic close to my heart. As you may know, polyamory is defined as “the philosophy or state of being in love with or emotionally associated with more than one person at the same time.” A few movies have used polyamorous ideas or shown it in any way, but I came up with this Top 5 after a lot of research and comparison with other rankings.’
So, from best to worst, here are my picks for the best and worst films about polyamory:
1. Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017)
I’ve just recently seen this film (and I’ll be doing a separate post about it soon since I need to discuss it in detail), but it utterly destroyed the rest of the offerings. As he builds Wonder Woman and his lie-detector machine in Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, Dr. William Moulton Marston and his wife Elizabeth and Olive Byrne become intimately entangled in each other’s lives as he tells his life story in this biographical play.
It’s a heartfelt and, dare I say, uplifting love tale set against the backdrop of Wonder Woman’s birth, and it touches on important issues of the time, such as late-20th-century feminism, lesbianism, and the birth control pill.
2. Sex Of Angels (2012)
Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman would have taken first place had I not seen El Sexo de los ángeles just a few days before. Bruno, Carla, and Rai are the three main characters in this novel. The relationship between Bruno and Carla has been going on for a long time before he begins to question his sexuality and self-worth after meeting Rai.
In the midst of a standard ‘love triangle’ plot, the film takes a surprising turn. lvaro Cervantes, who plays Rai, is particularly captivating in the film’s sweet and heartwarming conclusion.
3. Savages (2012)
Despite the fact that this movie isn’t all that great on paper (and the fact that the bad guys are all Mexican drug dealers adds an air of racism to the proceedings), I feel compelled to give it a shoutout. SAVAGES is based on Don Winslow’s novel of the same name, which is about two best friends who grow some of the best marijuana in the world and their mutual girlfriend, Ophelia “O”.
When it comes to this picture, I was blown away by its focus on action. It has a polyamorous relationship, although it’s not the primary focus of the story. In this film, polyamory is depicted, not discussed.
4. Havana Eva (2010)
As a Venezuelan production shot in Havana, this comedy/drama has a special place in my heart. It is set in Havana, Cuba. In this story, a seamstress who dreams of becoming a fashion designer, Eva, is the protagonist. Before meeting Jorge she had been seeing her lover Angel. He is from Caracas and he completely sweeps her off her feet.
Teresa, Eva’s best friend, steals the show in this picture, which is refreshing because so much of the comedy out there is dark and/or offensive. However, it’s the film’s unapologetically unusual climax that makes it worthwhile to be included in our list.
5. Love Songs (2007)
The final slot on the list goes to Les Chansons d’amour, one of the few musicals that I truly enjoy. One of France’s most famous polyamorous/open-relationship French movies stars Ismael (Louis Garrel, who’s like the King of polyamorous/open-relationship French films) as the male protagonist.
The story’s polyamory-side is just briefly mentioned, but it’s not wrong to include it here, so I’ll go ahead and include it. It’s a beautiful story, even if there isn’t much of it, and the music are absolutely lovely and relaxing.
Even though this was the final edit, there are a slew of other films about polyamory that deserve to be mentioned (like Singing In The Rain, which I consider a polyamorous film), so please let me know in the comments if you’d like me to propose any others.