We brought the existentialism theme to this list, with ten films that portray the subject in an unretouchable way. Below are works exclusively of the drama genre, working with human restlessness in their characters as central to the development of history. We will have plots with characters wrapped in empty routines, the always cruel aspect of time, the sometimes conflicting social apparatus, the sense of common sense held by a traditional society and the presence of human stupidity as motivation for a war. Let’s go to the list!
10º – Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970)We will follow the daily life of a young man belonging to an upper class family who decided to leave everything behind and live a common life. His anxieties, dilemmas, his exacerbated model of dealing with the human apparatus, his friendships, his turbulent relationship with his girlfriend, and his vision of work are distinguished by the film during the 98 minutes of screening. The pearl of the year 1970, ‘Five Easy Pieces’ explains how each subject has his own very evident subjective layer which prevents that traditional view of life from being unique and unalterable. The work still exposes, like few others, the existential dramas of a man completely aimless in the world, and who suffers from this lack of meaning. His daring end, without ceasing to work with all the aura of smoothness ruled throughout the rest of the work, crown and makes this option come very close to the nickname of masterpiece. Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, we still have Jack Nicholson as a protagonist in a touching and extremely visceral performance.
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