Movies: Wicked Summer Romances

No happy, sappy endings, but if you're in the mood for some bracing romantic comedies, try these

Boy meets girl, boy loses...oh, boring. whatever postmodernism means, yesteryear's romantic conventions are not included in the definition. Actually, of course, they still make old-fashioned romances for a gushing public--love ya, Julia and Meg. But for those who want something kickier--even kinkier--and don't mind the occasional subtitle, here are three films that cater to slightly more perverse or, anyway, more darkly romantic tastes.

SEX AND LUCIA has a nice twist: girl stalks boy. Alternatively, you can see it as the story of a girl who, contrary to cliche, gets ruined by a book. The tome is by a handsome writer, Lorenzo...

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