The Psychological Relevancy of the Love Story Genre
In her review of Feast of Love, Linda Young contends, "Viewers are given only superficial glimpses of the characters' histories … [and] … not given any indicators of how the characters work through the impasses and conflicts that are usually necessary to achieve relational growth. Growth and healing seem to happen spontaneously and magically."
Given that there are countless films that deal with love, but few that teach us about love itself, what are your criteria for a love film that is both psychologically relevant and educational? Does Feast of Love educate the viewer about important dynamics about love, or does it simply use love as an empty plot device?
By Linda R. Young
PsycCRITIQUES, 2008 Vol 53(43)