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Love and Other Catastrophes (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  28 March 1997 (USA)
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A day in the life of two film-school students trying to find love and another house-mate.



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Two female students struggling to complete their university degrees seek a flatmate. At the same time Michael, a medical student, is looking for a new place to stay. Written by Ben Barnett <>

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and some drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

28 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ahava V'Tzarot Aherot  »

Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,807 (USA) (28 March 1997)


$212,285 (USA) (25 April 1997)

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When Alice parks her car, the window is halfway down, but throughout the previous parts of the journey, it has been fully up. See more »


Mia: Don't ask because I'll be forced to bore you to death with the details of my tortured existence.
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References Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) See more »

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delightfully quirky!
3 October 2003 | by (chennai, india) – See all my reviews

this is one of the few successful attempts at trying to capture the vitality, the heart-break, the ecstacy and the madness of college life and campus romances. this is about the desperate and hurried search of adolescents, on the brink of adulthood, for meaningful romances and fulfilling careers. the terrible reality of their tribulations and the utter pettiness of their failures, the monstrosities of their triumphs and the fleetingness of their celebrations.

debutante director emma kate croghan captures all this beautifully in putting together a few days in the lives of group of friends. the shoe-string budget of $37,000, provides for the warmth and credibility of the characters and their situations. clearly this is a movie that would have been a disaster with a million dollar budget.

the characters are portrayed extremely realistically by the fresh actors and each of the characters shines through with their ability to convey the humor of their plights.

all in all, a delightful movie that does not tax the viewer much, but takes one along for a voyeuristic look into campus lives. this might not be one of the three best movies of my life (watch the movie to understand the significance of top three movies) but it is one of the top 5 English language movies of the 90s, whose central theme is love.

5. chasing amy 4. as good as it gets 3. love and other catastrophes 2. before sunrise 1. high fidelity

anyway, this one is a winner. a delightful 9!

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