Cover Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse in the 2019 film, 'Five Feet Apart' (Photo: Five Feet Apart/Facebook)

Get your tissues ready for these compelling shows about the triumph of human connection despite physical distance

Five Feet Apart

Starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson, Five Feet Apart is the touching tale of two teens suffering from cystic fibrosis who fall in love in a hospital. Given the constraints of their lung condition, the face mask-clad pair embark on a precarious relationship which requires them to remain at least five feet apart from each other at all times. The film was released in 2019; and yet there's still a lot about it that's cathartic to watch in 2021.             

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Sweet and Sour

Netflix's 2021 comedy Sweet and Sour features the highs, the lows and the real-world challenges faced by a couple maintaining a long distance relationship. Jang Ki-yong, Chae Soo-bin and Jung Soo-jung star in this relatable romance based on the 2004 novel by Japanese author Kurumi Inui titled Initiation Love.

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The Space Between Us

Speaking of long distance relationships, if you can imagine a future where a Mars-bound teenager can DM his angsty and street smart pen pal on earth instantaneously, The Space Between Us is it. Asa Butterfield from Netflix's Sex Education plays the world's first human born on Mars, who eventually forms a relationship with Tulsa, a girl on earth as she attempts to help him find out the truth about his parents.             

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Carrie Pilby

In this 2016 film, socially awkward Carrie Pilby is an introverted genius who reads 17 books in a week and doesn't care to leave her apartment, until she comes up with a checklist of ways to step out of her shell at the behest of her therapist; a checklist that includes going on a date and getting a job. If we could, we'd go back in time and enlighten Carrie that being a couch potato is officially encouraged in the post-2020 world.       

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This 2012 Malaysian film stars Remy Ishak and Jojo Goh in a time-bending tale about a boy named Budi born on the leap-year of 1896, with the ability to age only every four years. Lonely and ostracised from his peers, he lives through the historic events in Malaysian history and longs for connection and comfort, which he finds unexpectedly in a girl named Lily.          

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