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What the film does best is speak to the sentiment that we’re drawn to that which we cannot have, that which will never be fully attainable despite all our efforts. This impossible desire provides us with a sense of purpose and a drive towards something. The love is not just a feeling that lives inside our bones but something we hold sacred, even in the pain it causes. And when it fades or when the absence of feeling outweighs that prior sorrow, you’ll long for the days when you felt something as profound as a love this strenuous. Alex and Daniel are both besotted with Bob, regardless of their better judgement and desire for stability. It’s not a film about unrequited love in the sense that their feelings are never reciprocated; on the contrary, Daniel and Alex are both shown a great deal of warmth from Bob, but never in the way that they need or want and never quite enough. At one point in the film Bob says, “I know you’re not getting enough from me. But you’re getting all there is.” Loving someone so completely who does not have the facility to love in those same parameters is devastating on the heart. But this kind of longing is made even worse by the fact that the object of their desire does not thwart their advances, rather he continues to provide a glimmer of hope, never fully allowing Alex or Daniel to be able to let go.
Cinematic Panic: Examining Love in John Schlesinger’s ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’
  1. What the film does best is speak to the sentiment that we’re drawn to that which we cannot have, that which will never be fully attainable despite all our efforts. This impossible desire provides us with a sense of purpose and a drive towards something. The love is not just a feeling that lives inside our bones but something we hold sacred, even in the pain it causes. And when it fades or when the absence of feeling outweighs that prior sorrow, you’ll long for the days when you felt something as profound as a love this strenuous. Alex and Daniel are both besotted with Bob, regardless of their better judgement and desire for stability. It’s not a film about unrequited love in the sense that their feelings are never reciprocated; on the contrary, Daniel and Alex are both shown a great deal of warmth from Bob, but never in the way that they need or want and never quite enough. At one point in the film Bob says, “I know you’re not getting enough from me. But you’re getting all there is.” Loving someone so completely who does not have the facility to love in those same parameters is devastating on the heart. But this kind of longing is made even worse by the fact that the object of their desire does not thwart their advances, rather he continues to provide a glimmer of hope, never fully allowing Alex or Daniel to be able to let go.

    Cinematic Panic: Examining Love in John Schlesinger’s ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’

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