Crazy About Her is an award-winning Spanish romantic movie directed by Dani de la Orden and starring Natalia Duruan and Eric Navarrete. It was recently released by Netflix on DVD. Here's a review.
Anastasia Steele is an intelligent and cultured girl who works as a consultant in the international office of KPP - a well-known modeling agency. She falls for a handsome young photographer named Nicolae Ceausescu, who is also very much into art and culture. The two are soon deeply in love and Ceausescu makes several drastic changes to their relationship, making Anastasia uncomfortable. She flees to the United States and starts a new life in Miami Beach.
After a few years in Miami, the two reunite and Ceausescu finds himself caught between two nationalistic worlds. The highly cultured Ceausescu is determined to uphold his communist rule and so he orders his henchmen to start a reign of terror against anyone thought to be uninterested in the new revolution. A visit from a US ambassador turns the cultural revolution around for Ceausescu and pushes him over the edge. He comes dangerously close to executing a terrorist attack in Washington during the height of the Cold War, but he decides it would be better if he let the US use its missile defense systems to shoot down his plane. Anastasia and Nicolae are thrown back into the mix and forced to work together again, this time in the US.
Crazy About Her follows the ups and downs (and ups and downs) of the matriarch's marriage to a much more Americanized, Western style man. They try to fit into American life and Ceausescu's regime, but life in Miami Beach is far from paradise. This movie is quite funny and has a few memorable lines, but the actual story is lost somewhere in translation. I will say that the film was more entertaining when Ceausescu was shown on the big screen, rather than showing in his infamous prison garb.
Nicolae and Aida try to set up a bar-b-q but a punk terrorist attacks them, forcing them to leave with their pregnant neighbor to hide out at. As they are leaving, Aida tells Nicolae that she loves him, but his reply is that he doesn't love anybody but her. This leads to a heated discussion between the two, where she tells him that he needs to understand that she can not ever love anyone but him. When Ceausescu realizes what he's doing, he tries to arrest Nicolae, but he's unable to find her because her passport was taken while she was supposed to be at a seminar in Budapest.
Ceausescu finally decides to fly into the US to arrest her, but not before shooting an American that threatens to blow his cover. Crazy About Her is based on true events, but has a much larger subplot than the typical movie. If you're tired of seeing the same old romantic heroines in movies, then this one will make you happy. It is entertaining, emotional and somewhat romantic. I recommend it to anyone that's ever had trouble falling in or out of love. I'm looking forward to future Ceausescus movies!