VSL// The most moving romance you’ll ever see (in under five minutes)

All the rom-coms these days are made up of pretty young(ish) people and happy endings. If you’re looking for a little more authenticity, watch Danny & Annie, a Web video about an elderly couple from Brooklyn that will, in five minutes, show you true love (and possibly make you cry).

Produced by StoryCorps, a nonprofit that goes around the country, in distinctive aluminum trailers, recording the stories of anyone who wants to talk, the film features recordings by Danny and Annie Perasa, who had been married for 27 years. These two tell, over animated scenes, how they met, how he proposed, how he’s a prolific love-letter writer and eventually how he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Though the animation can be a bit campy, the recordings are amazing: They’re genuine but poetic, with humor, sadness and plenty of wisdom. There’s probably more to learn about love in this little movie than in the entire canon of romantic movies.

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