“I’ve made the most important discovery of my life. It’s only in the mysterious equation of love that any logical reasons can be found. I’m only here tonight because of you. You are the only reason I am… you are all my reasons.” -John Nash
Good Clean Love has a little surprise for you all. Starting this month, we will feature a Sustainable Love Movie of the Month every month.
As I started my initial research, I’ve found that Sustainable Love movies aren’t easy to spot. Often hidden in other genres, movies that feature sustainable love are often pushed aside in favor of steamy Hollywood favorites. But what does it mean for a movie to be a Sustainable Love Movie? Our answer is when a movie portrays sustainable love, the relationships featured are more similar to the ones we know and practice- people stay even when it’s hard, they fight and make up, they hold the good and the bad side by side. So when you’re wondering what to watch, come here on the 15th of every month and celebrate sustainable love.
The first time I saw November’s “A Beautiful Mind,” I saw it as a fictional adaption of the true story of John Nash, the brilliant mathematician who had to overcome a vicious fight against schizophrenia in the 1950s. I watched it a couple weeks ago, however, and saw it through another lens- the one of sustainable love and the one that inspired Good Clean Love’s Sustainable Love Movie of the Month.
The movie follows not only John Nash and his battle with his personal schizophrenia-induced demons, but also the very tender relationship between him and the woman who would later become his wife. Alicia Nash, who was originally a student of his, sees through his strangeness and asks him to dinner, an invitation to which John hesitantly accepts. As their courtship continues, the viewer can see their bond growing stronger, all the way until John proposes to her.
It isn’t until after they’re married that Alicia becomes privy to John’s mental illness. She stays with him as his visions begin to not only affect him, but also begin to affect her and their infant son. Upon witnessing the worst of his illness, she says to a mutual friend, “I keep trying to find the man I fell in love with.” Toward the end of the movie, the couple is faced with a tough decision, but ultimately overcome their hardships together.
Watch it and tell us what you thought. Do you think “A Beautiful Mind” is a Sustainable Love movie? Do you have any favorites you’d like to see make the list? Let us know!