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LOVE, THE MANY DOCUMENTED THING.

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Love may be a many splendoured thing but it has a unique ability to obsess us and drive us crazy. Not having love can sadden and torment us. Having the wrong kind of love may be worse than having none at all. Your love may be mainstream or non-conventional. You may have it in your possession, you may not. What would you do for love? What wouldn’t you do for love?

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At some point in their lives, everyone has asked the question, why is it so hard to find love? In “Lovable”, Alan Zweig reflects with disarming candour on why, if he longs for a partner and children, he is still single at mid-life. Through intimate, heartfelt and often hilarious interviews with a series of diverse, smart and attractive single women, Zweig explores yearnings for the romantic myths of our culture and the difficulty of finding and sustaining relationships. Some women have come to accept and prefer being alone, but many still dream of a future they can share. When his mother dies, the reality of dealing with such painful life experiences alone hits home. Rather than remaining the objective observer, Zweig approaches his female subjects as kindred spirits, sharing their vulnerability and openness. A perfect mixed tape of love songs provides the backdrop for this courageously candid look at love and longing.

In “Crimes of the Heart”, John Haslett Cuff examines the dark side of love. He is sure that his girlfriend is cheating on him. In a search for the reasons behind his jealousy and obsession, he remembers the shock of returning home from school to find his mother lying on the kitchen floor from a suicide attempt after one of her affairs ended. Brutally honest personal confessions about his own cheating ways during three previous marriages, a painful interview with his irreverent and adulterous mother about her affairs, and testimony by women who have compulsively sought new sexual partners reveal the causes and consequences of adultery. Cuff's odyssey of sex, booze, drugs and movies underlie this no-holds-barred investigation into the reasons women and men compulsively cheat on their partners, and provides a disturbing look at how patterns of betrayal are passed on from generation to generation.

Conformity is hardly the word for the subjects of Mark Achbar’s “Two Brides and a Scalpel”, which looks at non-tradition love. Transgendered people face lost jobs, estrangement from family and friends, complicated surgical procedures, ridicule and threats of violence. But for some, in their pursuit for love and internal peace, the risk is worth it. Burly George Scott, a Canadian tractor driver, becomes Georgina during the course of the film, in the process divorcing his wife and starting a new life with lesbian Linda Fraser. All the medical details are here, and in close-up, along with visual quotes from Doris Wishman’s exploitation classic Let Me Die a Woman. But most inspiring is the women’s powerful loving dynamic, which manages to overcome the often daunting problems associated with transgendering.

Love has the power to unite and divide. However, it is the underlying emotion that we all search for. These documentaries look at love in all its forms.

Additional Online Resources

Loving You

Love Dating Marriage Relationships

Transgender Canada Forums

Selected Films (4)
  1. Love on the Street Preview Thumbnail
    Love on the Street
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2009
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  2. Two Brides and a Scalpel Preview Thumbnail
    Two Brides and a Scalpel
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:1999
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  3. Lovable Preview Thumbnail
    Lovable
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2007
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  4. Crimes of the Heart Preview Thumbnail
    Crimes of the Heart
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2003
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