Hearts and flowers may not be the top things on the surrealist mind, but if you’re looking for some alternative Valentine’s Day gifts or rentals for that special weird someone, the following suggestions offer up at least a little bit of romantic sentiment:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): With Charlie Kaufamn scripting don’t expect a happy ending, but there is a surprisingly sincere romanticism in Jim Carrey’s desperate quest to save his memories of ex-lover Kate Winslett from the memory-erasure procedure he impulsively decided to undertake.
I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (2006): A love story set in a mental asylum. Moving from vengeance to love, Chan-Wook Park shows an unexpected soft side in this hallucinogenic tale of love between a kleptomaniac and a woman who believes she is a robot.
Absurdistan (2008): A young couple’s blooming passion is threatened when the women of their tiny village go on a sex strike against the lazy men. The amorous young beau must find a way to restore the parched hamlet’s water supply if he wants any chance of getting some.
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006): Love blooms in the unlikeliest places: here, among dead souls in an afterlife reserved for suicides.
Annie Hall (1977): Not the weirdest, or the happiest, choice, but Woody Allen’s most popular movie is archly funny and breaks the fourth wall to an often absurd effect.