Spring is very nearly almost here, January is mercifully drawing to an end at long last, the birds and bees are gearing up to do their thing for one more year at least before the spectre of climate changes consumes all…could it be that love is in the air? Listen, it’s complicated. There’s magic in that mess though, and the Light House Cinema will revel in it this Valentine’s Day, with a selection of cinema celebrating that intricate romantic situation.
On Tuesday 14th February, the Smithfield cinema will be showing three classic films, each diving into different depths of matters of the heart. Douglas Sirk’s sumptuous melodrama All That Heaven Allows, slick Bonnie & Clyde ’em up True Romance and heartbreak headache Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind will form the Light House’s Valentine’s night under the ‘It’s Complicated’ banner, and tickets for these great flicks are on sale now. As they say, the road to true love isn’t always smooth, sometimes It’s Complicated.
All That Heaven Allows begins the trio of films from 3pm. An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind will be showing at 6pm. Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman’s 2004 collab stars Kate Winslet as Clementine, who undergoes a procedure to erase memories of her former boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey) from her mind. When Joel discovers that Clementine is going to extremes to forget their relationship, he undergoes the same procedure and slowly begins to forget the woman that he loved, in an emotional and eye-catching story of relationships.
Tony Scott’s frenetic style paired well with Quentin Tarantino’s words in the cult hit True Romance, which takes a different tack on love. Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater are ride or dies on the run in the film a call girl and a geek who steal cocaine from her pimp, and try to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it. The film brings the Light House’s Valentine’s night to a close starting at 8.30pm.