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FRANK & LOLA – Available NOW on Digitally and Comes to on DVD on April 10 – From Romeo + Juliet to Fear: Obsessive Love Feature

27 March 2017

Romantic obsession has long been a popular subject for filmmakers, but a new movie coming up offers a new, and violent twist on the genre - Frank & Lola is an intense new noir romance, starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots.

When successful chef Frank meets enigma Lola, they embark upon an intense affair; it emerges that Lola has cheated on Frank, but the situation is not entirely straightforward, and when Lola reveals the past that damaged her and sparked herself destructive streak, Frank wreaks revenge on the perpetrator, consumed by love, obsession, and jealousy that he just can’t let go.

In anticipation of the film’s DVD release on 10th April, we’ve had a look at some of the best twisted tales of love, tragedy, domination and obsession...



Romeo + Juliet

The tragic love story to end all tragic love stories, Romeo & Juliet is a classic (putting it lightly) tale of doomed, forbidden love and obsession. Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 re-imagining brought it well and truly back into popular culture; a wild, neon, gritty new telling of a well-trodden story. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes as the titular starcrossed lovers, the modern take juxtaposed a modern soundtrack and visuals with a script remaining faithful to Shakespeare’s original 1500s play. The film was groundbreaking, and ushered in a whole new method of making modern Shakespeare. Torn apart as a result of intense family rivalries, Romeo and Juliet’s love was doomed from the start, culminating in perhaps the most tragic case of crossed wires on record. From the iconic fancy dress party scenes, to the eclectic soundtrack, this version of Romeo + Juliet lingers in the collective consciousness as much as Leo’s tortured screams.



Sleeping With The Enemy

Starring Julia Roberts, this 1991 thriller takes obsession to a scary level, with Laura (Roberts) resorting to faking her own death and fleeing with a new identity after months of constant fear, to escape her abusive husband - appearances are not all they seem, and despite their seemingly perfect exterior, the marriage is miserable and violent. As it turns out, even supposedly dead, the husband is really not that easy to shake. When Martin (Patrick Bergin) discovers that Laura is still alive, he goes on a brutal rampage to kill her, and when he discovers that Laura is in a new relationship he is driven mad by jealousy and obsession. The story proved popular, and has seen over ten remakes in India, Egypt, and Korea.



Cruel Intentions

A 90’s cult classic, Cruel Intentions is a twisted tale of manipulation, wealth, sex, and high school politics. When innocent virgin Annette (Reese Witherspoon) arrives at Manchester Prep, sadistic step siblings Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe) and Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) make a bet - if he can sleep with Annette, and break her firm stance on saving herself for marriage, Kathryn will give him what he’s been pestering her for, and have sex with him. If he isn’t able to make Annette cave, then Kathryn will get his beloved vintage Jaguar. In the meantime, Kathryn is also looking to exact revenge on her ex boyfriend Court, by honey trapping his new girlfriend with her cello teacher. She achieves this by manipulating Cecile (Selma Blair) and posing as a caring mentor, doling out advice on kissing, in the film’s most famous scene.



Fatal Attraction

The definitive film about obsession, one that added the phrase ‘bunny boiler’ to our vernacular starred Michael Douglas as an unfaithful husband who quickly grows to regret his one-weekend dalliance when Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) refuses to let it end. All sorts of bonkers behaviour follows, including the aforementioned boiling of bunnies, turning up at his apartment, his office, even picking his daughter up from school leading to a frantic search. The whole affair comes to a violent and iconic conclusion, with the unhinged Alex exacting her revenge. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, and the character Alex Forrest has become synonymous with the concept of the scorned woman.



Before the Academy Award nominations and wins, Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon starred in this intense thriller. It tells the story of a seemingly charming and affectionate man named David (Wahlberg) who becomes a monster when 16-year old Nicole (Witherspoon) tries to break up with him, following a violent outburst of jealousy when he sees Nicole hugging one of her male friends at the end of a school day, and beats him up. In true manipulative style, David manages to win Nicole back, but more worryingly obsessive behaviour follows. This film has everything an obsessive love story could dream of having; David jealously beats up Nicole’s friends, builds an exceptionally creepy shrine, and even goes as far as carving her name into his chest. It’s a seriously intense loss of sanity that manifests itself in total obsession and violence.



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