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I know this topic has been up before but I think there's room for another one. Share your recommendations of no-romo movies. Preferably also write why you recommend it.

 

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  • Malcolm.  An Australian movie from 1986.  A young man who has no idea why the girl next door keeps wanting to spend time with him.  He's also repulsed by the girlfriend of a man renting a room from him dressing too sexy.  The story is fiction, but the character is based on a real person.
  • The Accountant.  Ben Affleck does a good job portraying an autistic character.  He comes to notice that a woman is interested in him; he can't give her what she wants so he gives her an valuable painting instead.  (Violence warning.)
  • Muriel's Wedding.  Toni Collette thinks her unhappy life will improve if she just marries the right man; in the end she realizes she's happier with her best friend.
  • The Returner.  Japan 2002.  A teenager who is the last survivor of humanity travels to the present to stop an alien invasion before it happens, forcing an amoral bounty hunter to help her.  They learn trust & affection for each other, but aren't a couple.
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Interstellar, because it's about space exploration and time travel. There's no romance (or sex), but it's about a close relationship between a father and a daughter, who are both interested in scientific topics.

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6 hours ago, RepublicServicesVolunteer said:

Interstellar, because it's about space exploration and time travel. There's no romance (or sex), but it's about a close relationship between a father and a daughter, who are both interested in scientific topics.

And it is a really good, though-provoking movie besides that.

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The Help (movie and book are both very good).  It's not quite no-romance, as there are a couple of small romantic side-plotlines, but one of them doesn't go the way they usually do (can't say more without spoilers!) and other types of relationships are foregrounded, as are just general principles of being a good person.  One of the main characters is also fighting the cultural assumptions of being a woman in the 1950s, that you are just there to get married and have babies, so even though she isn't an aro character it's a nice one for anyone who also feels (though I'd hope less so in the modern world!) pressured by those ideas too.

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Les Choristes, a French film set in the 40s. It's about music and one of my favourite movies. A teacher comes to a school for troubled boys and wants to help them by teaching them to sing, fighting against the strict headmaster. It's a great movie with beautiful music.

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22 hours ago, Nora_9 said:

Les Choristes, a French film set in the 40s. It's about music and one of my favourite movies. A teacher comes to a school for troubled boys and wants to help them by teaching them to sing, fighting against the strict headmaster. It's a great movie with beautiful music.

Don't the teacher ended up falling for the mother of one of the boys? I don't remember the romance part (it was very minor and barely there I think),  but I kinda remind the boy being upset with the relationship.

Oh, I should just watch that masterpiece again to be sure. 

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1 hour ago, nonmerci said:

Don't the teacher ended up falling for the mother of one of the boys?

You're right, I completely forgot about that. But as you say it is really small part of the story and it's more the reaction of the boy that is important to the story. 

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Theres plenty of war based movies which as far as I remember have little romance, focusing instead on the relation between soldiers. for example Saving Private Ryan comes to mind, it ends with Ryan standing by his wife but it is not about romance but rather he asks her if his life was worthy of the sacrifice made to save him. When done well war based films are my favourite alternative to romance since rather than just not having romance they offer another form of relationship which is seen as at least as powerful and important.

On a completely different note, as far as I remember four lions doesn't have much in the way of romance, if i remember right someone gets squirted with water pistols for keeping his wife in a small room and that's about the closest it gets to acknowledging romance.

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  • The King of Masks.  Hong Kong, 1996.  A man who never had any interest in marriage worries that his unique mask-making art will die out if he doesn't produce an heir; he decides to adopt.
  • Little Man Tate.  US, 1991  About a genius child of a single mother who's never had a long-term relationship with a man.  He also finds himself under the care of a woman who is devoted to her work, not dating.
  • Redemption.  US, 2004.  The true story of the friendship between Stan "Tookie" Williams--who regretted founding the Crips--& Barbara Becnel, an author who helped him dissuade children from joining gangs.
  • Secret Ballot.  Iran, 2001.  The story of an election official encouraging people on a rural island to vote, & the conservative soldier assigned to escort her.
  • The Wiz.  US, 1978.  A woman has reached middle age without getting married & her family thinks something is wrong with her.  She escapes to an Oz which is a fantasy version of New York City.
  • Zeiram.  Japan, 1991.  A genetically engineered monstrosity has landed on earth, followed by a bounty hunter who arrives just in time to rescue a couple humans.  While it inverts the usual damsel in distress story (a woman is protecting 2 men), she she doesn't get romantic with either of them; she lives for battle.

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