Journal article

Marriage, Romance and Mourning Movement in Cherie Nowlan’s Thank God He Met Lizzie


Journal of Popular Romance Studies | International Association for the Study of Popular Romance | Published : 2014


Through a close analysis of Thank God He Met Lizzie, a rare example of an Australian romantic comedy/drama, this article demonstrates the central place of loss that still maintains an important role at the centre of contemporary marriage. Expanding on notions of male melancholia that were central to gender representation and desire in 1990s cinema, this article argues that the audience experience of grief in watching the film is dominated by a strong perception of an inevitable compulsion towards an unbreakable stasis in marital relationships increasingly devoid of love and intimacy. Formally and thematically expressed, what is seen as lost in this film is not only the truth and intimacy of ..

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