The theme addressed today walks on a more sensitive side of the seventh art, with films essential to understand the functioning of the modern world. Leaving aside extremely positive or negative visions about the world, the works listed here raise relevant questions about controversial themes of our societies. The stories told by the films bring, for example, the destructive craving for judgments of individuals incapacitated for such an act, a frightening futuristic society, the sad world of psychopathologies, the truth behind various psychiatric institutions, the claudicant media issue, and so on. Let’s go to the list!
10º – The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012)A small town teacher is falsely accused of having committed a cruel act against a child, seeing his calm and quiet life take on sad contours. A masterpiece of Danish cinema, ‘The Hunt’ is a study of the rotten layer that comprises our societies, exposing how a lie can ruin a person’s life.
9º – Happiness (Todd Solondz, 1998)The film brings the lives of several distinct characters in their incessant search for happiness. Controversial, ‘Happiness’ makes explicit in his arc of characters the exact opposite of his title, with extreme situations, which challenge the social values considered as rules. A true masterpiece from the 1990s, which will certainly cause you some discomfort with what happens on screen.
8º – The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015)In the plot, allocated in a dystopian future, single people are forced to go to an isolated retreat in order to find, in a maximum of 45 days, a romantic couple, otherwise they are transformed into animals. As strange as its premise, ‘The Lobster’ is a unique film, giving the viewer a pessimistic view of the nature of human social relationships. A pearl of the great Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.
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