How do you spend Valentine’s Day? A little champagne with your significant other? Swanky dinner out on the town? Wine and heart-shaped cookies by the fire? Chocolates? Flowers? Diamonds? wink
May we recommend all of the above PLUS a Byrne-ing hot Romantic film?
Gabriel Byrne has made, it turns out, a TON of romantic with a capital R films, full of longing, heart-felt sentiment, danger, and desire.
Here is a carefully curated list of them, created by yours truly, with the following warning: go find that fire extinguisher and have it handy. These films are HOT and Mr. Byrne is smouldering (when he is not being plain ol’ sexy).
Enjoy them alone. Enjoy them with friends. Enjoy them with that certain someone. Don’t forget the libations and/or cookies. Happy Valentine’s Day!
In chronological order, most recent first. Links take you to the Mega Move Page for the film (if there is one) or to my essays about the film. wink
The film Byrneholics Everywhere waited all their lives to see. Gabriel Byrne as the apple-eating Mysterious Stranger, with Emmanuelle Devos as Alix, who follows him. What happens next is mythic, romantic, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, ultimately cathartic. Everything you need for the perfect Valentine’s Day film.
Sometimes love is serious, like this film: a thoughtful and intimate look at two people and how they exist in the brutal world in which they find themselves. Mr. Byrne’s detective, Bernie, is the perfect match for Charlotte Rampling’s Anna. He understands what she does not and she feels what he can’t. They touch across a chasm of lies, misrepresentations, and fear. Too serious for you? Well, sometimes that is how love is…
Alone? Well, binge-watching the first season of this television series could certainly take the sting out of being by yourself on this romantic holiday. Get lost in the world of Dr. Paul Weston and his patients. And get lost in the blue eyes of Gabriel Byrne as he listens with care and attention to all of their mind-boggling problems. Free psychiatry and advice for Valentine’s Day! Who could ask for more?
A great love story, that’s what we want on this romantic day, yes? You will not find one more touching than this film about people haunted by their shared past. There are moments of comedy to lighten the drama and the autumnal Canadian landscapes are breath-taking. More breath-taking, however, are Gabriel Byrne and Susan Sarandon, rekindling a tender romance from years ago. Go grab the tissues and settle in for an “emotional” love story!
Finding Valentine’s Day a bit scary? Here. Let Gabriel Byrne, as Father Andrew Kiernan, help you. He helped Patricia Arquette’s Frankie, the young woman beset by more weirdness than any one woman should ever have to face. He can help you, too. And yes, wine is the appropriate libation for this film. wink
Who is more romantic than the dashing, courageous, and conflicted d’Artagnan? Put a single red rose on the coffee table, pour a bit of champagne, and toast the Musketeers as they set out on their most daring escapade. Oh, and you will need those tissues again…One for All and All for Gabriel Byrne!
Is it snowing outside? Like a little danger with your Valentine’s Day chocolates? And a hot romance? Then this is the perfect film for you. Julia Ormond made Smilla dangerous. Gabriel Byrne found the vulnerability beneath the Mechanic’s hard shell. Let the Mechanic melt the snow–and possibly your chocolates as well!
Literary. Romantic. Philosophical. Romantic. Inspirational. Did I say romantic? Yes, perfect for this day of hearts. When Jo bumps into the Professor in the streets of New York, your heart goes all aflutter, does it not? Good. Remember that feeling. And do not fast forward! You need the whole story to make your heart happy. Now where did you put those tissues?
Byrneholics find Mackey irresistible: dark-hair, jeans, boots, that Irish lilt, those blue eyes. The whole package, including a bit too much alcohol and some questionable life choices. The perfect bad boy. He has a heart, though, and he makes us love him, even when our better sense tells us to run the other way. This complex story, involving Mackey in TWO very different romantic liaisons (Debra Winger and Barbra Hershey) may seem a little bit off-key for Valentine’s Day, but give it another whirl and dance with it. You will see–hearts broken and then mended are sometimes what this day is all about.
A tale of unrequited love. With guns, intrigue, and Nina Simone. And Uncle Bob to guide you. What more do you need?
Augustine! That is all. Oh, and a trapeze. Go ahead. Faint.
What is YOUR favorite Gabriel Byrne film for Valentine’s Day?