The course of true love never did run smooth, and now it seems the film industry agrees.
Judd Apatow’s recent release This is 40 portrays a middle aged couple who fantasise about murdering each other. The director’s previous hit Knocked Up showed the rocky course of a relationship escalated by an unplanned pregnancy.
But it’s not just the blockbusters that have caught onto this anti-Valentine’s vein. This year’s nomination for best picture at the Oscar includes Amour, a tale of a loving elderly couple whose relationship disintegrates due to the pressures of caring for an ill partner.
In 2011 Michelle Williams was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Blue Valentine, the painfully intense portrayal of a marriage breakdown.