7º – Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke, 2003)The film brings us the story of Anne (Isabelle Huppert) and her two children in a desperate struggle for survival when they discover that the world as they knew it no longer exists. We have here a post-apocalyptic film that brings to the screen how flexible human behavior is in a destructive scale when exposed to situations of adversity. As is traditional in Michael Haneke’s cinema, ‘Time of the Wolf’ is characterized by its hard, rustic and extremely disturbing nature.
6º – Madame Bovary (Claude Chabrol, 1991)Based on Gustave Flaubert’s fabulous novel, the film brings the exacerbated trajectory of a young girl, exploring her eagerness to grow socially and her intense novels. This adaptation of ‘Madame Bovary’ is perhaps the best of all in the seventh art. Claude Chabrol manages to capture even the most emblematic nuances of the book, elevating a unique atmosphere for the unfolding of scenes. However, the main point of distinction between this work and the others is the presence of Isabelle Huppert as protagonist, delivering an unretouchable and visceral performance from the first to the last scene.
5º – Home (Ursula Meier, 2008)Dealing with a complex theme such as the effects of urbanization on those inserted in certain places directly affected, ‘Home’ is a concise and heavy film. Its director, Ursula Meier, chooses to have a rustic approach with her spectator. Everything shown there is cruel, overwhelming and sad. And the comic situations do not help to reduce the weight of the plot, but only make it more palatable.
4º – Story of Women (Claude Chabrol, 1988)Allocated to France by the Nazis, in World War II, the film tells the hard story of a woman who has to deal with the upbringing of her children, an absent husband and, still, the figure of feminine repression at the time: ‘Story of Women’ is a masterpiece of cinema, bringing a powerful story about the implications of a destructive social model in the lives of the most diverse individuals. Here, we still have one of the greatest female performances in the history of cinema, propitiated by the fantastic Isabelle Huppert.
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