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Here, in celebration of Loving Day, are five of my favorite interracial love stories in cinema form. Not all of these stories end happily, but they all pulled my heartstrings somehow, sometimes a gentle pull, sometimes a violent yank! Please let me know if you've seen any of these movies in the comments, and you can also leave a comment to win an e-copy of my interracial MMF romance, The Submission Gift, praised by Publishers Weekly: "What starts out as a sexy threesome evolves into a nuanced look at polyamory and BDSM, as Ames navigates physical disability, race, and sexuality." You can also check out some of the other amazing prizes offered this Loving Day by MC/IR writers at The Swirl Awards.
Mississippi Masala (1992) (directed by Mira Nair)
This is a lush, beautifully told story about the unlikely romance between a girl from a desi immigrant family and an African-American man, played by a young (and incredibly charismatic) Denzel Washington. I loved this movie because even though I'm East Asian not South Asian, it reflected a lot of my experiences living in the deep South, seeing two very different established communities, white and black, and knowing we didn't really belong in either. It's one of the most hopeful and positive movies on this list, and the families of the two lovers clash but do eventually find common ground.
Map of the Human Heart (1993) (directed by Vincent Ward)
This WWII epic begins in the Canadian Arctic, where a young Inuit boy is flown away from his village to be cured of tuberculosis. In the sanatorium, he strikes up an intense friendship with a mixed-blood Native American girl, also taken from her family, who will grow up to pass for white. They're separated by sickness and racism, but eventually reunite after he's become a pilot in the British RAF. There's so much tragic history wound up in the love affair that we know the odds are against the couple, but we still hold hope… Don't watch the end of this movie without a box of tissues handy, is all I'm saying.
The Wedding Banquet (1993) (directed by Ang Lee)
One of Ang Lee's first movies, this psychologically twisty tale starts off with an already established gay couple, one white and one Taiwanese-American. When the Taiwanese family comes to town and demands an arranged marriage, the quiet course of their love turns incredibly turbulent. This is a movie where everyone has hidden depths, from the lovers to the prospective bride to the seemingly inflexible parents, and I loved how fully human and real everyone felt.
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) (directed by Hanif Kureishi)
The premise of this British movie sounds totally over the top: an ex-Nazi-skinhead falls in love with a Pakistani boy, and together they open a laundry! And it is over the top, but still absolutely amazing and enjoyable and at several points, laugh out loud funny. The love story's trashy beginning ends in a surprisingly dignified and tender manner.
Monster's Ball (2001)
I've only seen this movie once, although I remember it vividly, and I'm not sure if I want to see it again. It was simply too intense. Halle Berry's acting made me forget to breathe at certain moments. This is very much a Southern Gothic movie, as much horror as romance, and just when you think these people's lives can't get any more fucked up… BAM. I'm still not sure if the hero really deserved his redemption at the end, but the world they lived in was so bleak, I was relieved it didn't end in a worse way.
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