Hi, what’s your favorite lesbian romance movie of the year? Mine is this car commercial for the Renault Clio. It follows the entire 30-year love story of an adorable lesbian couple, and it is gut-wrenching in the best possible way. This is capitalism at its best, truly!
At the start of the ad, a young brunette and a young redhead become long-distance buddies as children. A cover of “Wonderwall” by Oasis plays in the background as the two girls bond in the backseat of a Renault Clio (obviously), sharing mixtapes and ice cream and giggles. They grow up before the camera’s eyes, eventually becoming teenagers behind the wheel of their own Renault. They take the car on trips to the ocean, where they share their first steamy kiss. Then they fall in love, as evidenced by the love letter and photo that the brunette sends to the redhead in the mail.
But then! Plot twist! The redhead’s dad discovers the letter. He is not happy. Flash forward to the brunette marrying a man as the redhead watches, clearly brokenhearted.
But wait! Another plot twist! The brunette hops into yet another Renault and drives back to her one true love. They reunite with a tender kiss, and then they’re seen behind the wheel of the Renault together again — with their child in the backseat.
I’m crying, you’re crying, everybody’s crying.
why did i just cry about the lesbians in the renault clio advert
— A (and i cannot stress this enough) CAB (@gaspbraks) November 10, 2019
Renault Clio lesbian advert should win all the oscars imho
— Ben Elliot Lee (@BennethKranagh) November 8, 2019
Listening to Wonderwall on repeat while I consider buying a Renault pic.twitter.com/LHatfTzqHX
— Mia (@marielouise_82) November 11, 2019
Renault U.K.’s marketing director, Adam Wood, explained the company’s motivation for this surprisingly beautiful ad: “We wanted to humanize and celebrate, not just thirty years of progress of the Renault Clio, but also the progress made within culture, society and life in that time,” he said. “The Renault Clio is as in tune with the times today as it always has been.”
So, who’s going to adapt this two-minute car commercial into a full feature-length film? I’ll be waiting.